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 Northern Parula

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient summer resident

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Northern Parula Archives Reports
Fall 2003 6
Spring 2003 47
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 7
Summer 2002 3
Spring 2002 61
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 8
Summer 2001 4
Spring 2001 31
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 1
Summer 2000 5
Spring 2000 34
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 3
Spring/Summer 1999 3

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Northern Parula
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Northern Parula
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Parula americana pusilla (Wilson)
Northern Parula Warbler

Transient in small numbers. Probably resident in the north. First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839: 414): Sylvicola americana."

SPRING.-Arrival is reported in the south during the first 2 weeks of May, and in the Upper Peninsula by the middle of the month.

Lower Peninsula.-The species has been observed in the Toledo-Erie marsh area from May 6 to the first of June (L. W. Campbell, 1940: 194); and in the Ann Arbor area during early May; 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were collected, 1 by Walter Koelz on May 6, 1926; and 1 by N. A. Wood on May 9,1916; an individual was seen by N. A. Wood on May 2, 1905. N. A. Wood also secured 3 specimens in Berrien County between May 10 and 15, 1919, and Walkinshaw recorded arrival of the species in Calhoun County about mid-May (1930 to 1940). Gibbs (1885: 38-39) reported arrival in the Kalamazoo area, between April 22 and May 11. Barrows (1912: 590) noted arrival in Ingham County between May 5 and 15. D. W. Douglass collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) at Sand Point, Huron County, on May 12, 1933, and William Brewster and Jonathan Dwight collected a large series of specimens (M.C.Z.) near Cadillac, Wexford County, and Oden, Emmet County, between May 10 and 30, 1888.

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson has recorded the species at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, on May 10, 2023 (4 seen) and May 20, 2023 (10 seen); Bryens, at McMillan, Luce County, has not noted it until mid-May or later. There is 1 record of the species from Isle Royale: a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) collected by N. A. Wood on May 20, 1930.

SUMMER.-The Parula Warbler has been found during the summer months in many parts of Michigan, though there is, apparently, no definite nesting record.

Lower Peninsula.-Walkinshaw saw a Parula Warbler at Grayling, Crawford County, on June 23, 1938; T. D. Hinshaw observed 1 on Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, on July 10, 1937; and Barrows (1912: 591) found the species during the nesting season near Petoskey, Emmet County.

Upper Peninsula.-At McMillan, Luce County, Walkinshaw saw the species on June 19, 1931, and Bryens reported it there on June 18 and 25, 1939. Van Tyne heard several and saw 1 in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County (June 21 to 27, 1936), and at Golden Lake in Iron County, John L. George and R. L. Patterson recorded 6 to 8 Parula Warblers daily during late June and in July, 1938. Walkinshaw observed the species in several other localities in the western part of the peninsula in 1933: near Bessemer, Gogebic County, June 29; at Sidnaw, Houghton County, June 28; and at Perch Lake, Iron County, June 28.

FALL.-The fall migration apparently extends from mid-July in the Upper Peninsula to mid-October in the south.

Upper Peninsula.-From August 22 to 27 (1938) large numbers-up to 60 in a day-were noted at Golden Lake, Iron County, by John L. George and R. L. Patterson. F. M. Gaige (1914: 88) collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) in Dickinson County on August 11, and N. A. Wood (1914: 70) saw a few at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, on July 15 and 19, 1914. Bryens has not recorded the species at McMillan, Luce County, after mid-July (latest dates: July 16 in 1933, and July 18 in 1937), but Christofferson reported a flock of 12 at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, on August 25, 1938.

Lower Peninsula.-Max M. Peet has 2 specimens he collected at Burt Lake, Cheboygan County, 1 on September 10, 1941,1 on September 18,1940. N. A. Wood (1911: 105) saw 2 Parula Warblers on the Charity Islands, Huron County, on September 26, 1910, and also recorded (1922: 26) the species in Berrien County on September 6, 1917. There are 2 mid-October records from Wayne County: Swales (1905: 109) saw an individual in Greenfield Township on October 14, and J. Claire Wood (1911: 22) noted 1 in Ecorse Township on October 16. L. W. Campbell (1940: 194) has found this warbler in the Toledo-Erie marsh area from August 31 (1932) to October 19 (1932).

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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