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 Nashville Warbler

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common Transient summer resident

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Spring 2005
Fall 2004
Spring 2004
Winter 03-04
Fall 2003 129
Spring 2003 157
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 50
Summer 2002 4
Spring 2002 107
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 85
Summer 2001 6
Spring 2001 68
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 55
Summer 2000 9
Spring 2000 75
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 41
Spring/Summer 1999 14

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Vermivora ruficapilla ruficapilla (Wilson)
Nashville Warbler

Common transient. Summer resident south to Montcalm County.

First recorded for Michigan by Sager (1839: 414).

SPRING.-Arrival is reported in the south during late April or early May and in the Upper Peninsula about a week later.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 207) gave May 7 to 16 as the average period of greatest abundance in the Toledo-Erie marsh area. Swales (1904: 38-39) listed the species as a common migrant in the Detroit area, recording arrival between April 23 and May 3. Approximately the same dates are given for the Ann Arbor region; L. D. Case saw 4 there April 27, 1938. During the years 1930 to 1940, Walkinshaw noted arrival in the Battle Creek area in the first week of May. N. A. Wood (1922: 25-26) found the species abundant in Berrien County from May 7 to 22, and D. W. Douglass observed it most commonly on Sand Point, Huron County, during the second and third weeks of May (1931 to 1933). N. A. "Wood saw it on Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, on May 14, 1929, and William Brewster and Jonathan Dwight collected a series of specimens (M.C.Z.) at Cadillac, Wexford County, and Oden, Emmet County, between May 12 and 21, 1888.

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson has found this warbler at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, by the second week in May (10 seen May 12,2023), and Bryens, at McMillan, Luce County, has recorded it regularly after May 10. N. A. Wood (1914: 70; 1933: 728) noted first arrivals at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, on May 22, and at Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County, May 26. A. Murie collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) on May 5 and May 8, 1930, on Isle Royale, and N. A. Wood took 1 (U.M.M.Z.) there on May 10, 1930.

SUMMER.-Nesting extends from late May to early July.

Lower Peninsula.-The southernmost nesting records are from Jackson County. Leonard Wing and others (1927: 40) observed an adult feeding a young Cowbird on June 29, 1924, saw 7 adults and 3 young on July 11 of the same year, and on July 5, 1926, collected an adult male and 2 immatures (U.M.M.Z.). Gibbs reported the species as a summer resident in Montcalm County (Barrows, 1912: 586), and N. A. Wood and Frothingham (1905:51) listed it as frequent in Oscoda County on June 18. In the same region of the peninsula, in Crawford County, Leonard Wing (1933: 71) observed adults feeding young during late June. Singing males were noted on North and South Manitou islands, Leelanau County, by L. D. Case and A. E. Staebler in late June, 1940, and specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were taken on Beaver and Trout islands, Charlevoix County, in late June and early July by Van Tyne, T. D. Hinshaw, and R. E. Morrill in 1937 and 1938.

Upper Peninsula.-T. D. Hinshaw and R. A. MacMullan noted as many as 12 Nashville Warblers on June 28, 1938, and secured a number of specimens (U.M.M.Z.) on Drummond Island, Chippewa County, in late June and July. N. A. Wood (1914: 70) believed the species nested on Whitefish Point, Chippewa County. It was recorded at McFarland, Marquette County, on July 5, by Leonard Wing (1940: 190); as an abundant resident in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, by Christy (1925: 214) ; at Bessemer, Gogebic County, on June 22,1933, by Leonard Wing; and as a common sum- mer resident at Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County, by N. A. Wood (1933:728). A nest with 5 small young was found on Isle Royale on July 11 (Peet, 1909: 372-73).

FALL.-The species leaves the Upper Peninsula about the middle of September and the southern counties by early October.

Upper Peninsula.-Max M. Peet (1909: 372-73) found migrants on Isle Royale from August 25 to September 12 in 1905; a few -were seen in late August, 1938, at Golden Lake, Iron County, by John L. George and E. L. Patterson; and small flocks -were noted in Dickinson County on August 7 and 11 by F. M. Gaige (1914: 88). Bryens observed migrants at McMillan, Luce County, until September 2 in 1934, and September 15 in 1937. Christofferson recorded 2 as late as October 3 in 1936, at Blaney, Schoolcraft County.

Lower Peninsula.-N. A. "Wood and Frothingham (1905: 51) listed the species as frequent in Oscoda County on August 16. In northwestern Huron County, N. A. Wood and Gaige (1911: 297-98) reported the species common between July 24 and the date of their departure, August 27. N. A. Wood (1911: 105) noted a few Nashville Warblers on Charity Island, Huron County, on August 26, September 21, and September 23. N. A. Wood (1922: 25-26) also observed the species as a rare fall migrant in Berrien County in the first half of September (1917). Swales (1904: 38-39) noted it throughout September in the Detroit area. L. W. Campbell (1940:194, 207) found fall migrants most common in the Toledo-Erie marsh area between September 8 and 25, and noted stragglers as late as October 20 in 1928.

Mueseum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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