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 Northern Saw-whet Owl

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common Transient summer resident

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Count totals in the NMB Databases for Northern Saw-whet Owl.

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Active Database - Spring 2005
View Northern Saw-whet Owl sightings.
Northern Saw-whet Owl Archives Reports
Fall 2003 36
Spring 2003 12
Winter 02-03 9
Fall 2002 3
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 26
Winter 01-02 6
Fall 2001 21
Summer 2001 0
Spring 2001 49
Winter 00-01 14
Fall 2000 7
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 5
Winter 00-99 4
Fall 1999 21
Spring/Summer 1999 6

NMB Database
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For: Northern Saw-whet Owl

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
View Fall 2003 sightings.
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Northern Saw-whet Owl
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Northern Saw-whet Owl
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Search "The Birds of Michigan" text.

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Historical Text
The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Aegolius acadicus acadicus (Gmelin)
Saw-whet Owl (A.O.U. 1998: Northern Saw-whet Owl)

Rare resident. Status in Michigan little known.

First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839: 413).

Lower Peninsula.-P. S. Baumgras (1942o; 211) found an adult and 7 young in a nest at the Swan Creek Wildlife Experiment Station, Allegan County, on May 1, 1942. W. A. Davidson found a nest with 4 eggs near Mud Lake, Oakland County (in 1888 or 1889-W. C. Brownell, 1891: 21), and J. A. Morden (1893: 25) found a nest with 6 young in Isabella County on May 5, 1892. Records for this peninsula in other seasons include: single birds seen by Swales (19046: 84; and notes) in the Detroit area, April 10, 1903, April 22, 1906, May 7, 1907; 2 seen in the same area by L. J. Eppinger (1903a: 96), November 1 and 13, 1903; 1 seen by J. B. Purdy near Plymouth, Wayne County, December 1, 2023 (Swales notes). In 1939, J. 0. Strong saw 1 near Detroit on November 4 and 1 on November 13. Specimens (U.M.M.Z.) have been taken in the Ann Arbor region on January 1, 1921; March 13, 1921; December 30, 1926; and December 27, 1936. The species has been recorded near Jackson in December of 1920 and 1921 and in February of 1922 (Walter Koelz, 1923: 38). G. F. Raz (1935: 201) recorded it twice in Berrien County: April 14, 1935, and June 10, 1932. Specimens (U.M.M.Z.) have been taken near Kalamazoo on November IS, 1882, and October 30, 1909. In the northern part of the Lower Peninsula specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were collected by Charles Campion near Clare, on October 18, 1906; by J. Adair near Onaway, Presque Isle County, on April 13, 1934; and by B. D. Owens near Alanson, Emmet County, in March, 1923.

Upper Peninsula.-Bryens (1941: 5-8) banded 4 young in a nest at McMillan, Luce County, on June 8, 1932. Two young-of-the-year (U.M.M.Z.) were collected on Isle Royale, 1 on August 30, 1905, by N. A. Wood and 1 on August 30, 1929, by Walter E. Hastings. Without breeding evidence the Saw-whet Owl has been recorded at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, on August 6, 2023 (N. A. Wood, 1914: 64); in Ingallston Township, Me- nominee County, on January 10, 2023 (U.M.M.Z.) by R. Anderson; at the Huron Mountain Club, Marquette County, on February 23, 2023 (U.M.M.Z.), by D. M. Nason; at Mallard Lake, Iron County, on July 31, 1938, by John L. George and R. L. Patterson; and on Isle Royale, March 5, 2023 (U.M.M.Z.), by V. Solyon.

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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