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 Olive-sided Flycatcher

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common Transient summer resident

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Olive-sided Flycatcher Archives Reports
Fall 2003 11
Spring 2003 1
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 3
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 12
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 6
Summer 2001 5
Spring 2001 6
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 4
Summer 2000 1
Spring 2000 15
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 1
Spring/Summer 1999 2

NMB Database
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Olive-sided Flycatcher
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Olive-sided Flycatcher
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Historical Text
The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Nuttallornis borealis (Swainson)
Olive-sided Flycatcher

Summer resident south to Crawford County.

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

SPRING.-Arrival is reported in the latter half of May. Lower Peninsula.-In the Toledo-Erie marsh area, L. W. Campbell (1940: 191) has recorded this flycatcher from May 10 to 31. In the Ann Arbor region N. A. Wood and Tinker (1934: 29) noted first arrivals on May 1 in 1903, but usually recorded them about mid-May; Walter Koelz recorded arrival at Ann Arbor on May 4 in 1919. Trautman saw an Olive-sided Fly-catcher near Ann Arbor on May 19, 20, and 24, 1938, and in Hartland Town- ship, Livingston County, R. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker saw 1 on May 16, 1937, and 2 on May 21, 1939. N. A. Wood (1922: 17-18) noted the species in the last week of May in Berrien County, and Gibbs (Barrows, 1912: 399) recorded it several times from Ottawa County (May 9, 1882; May 17, 1880;May 21, 1879; May 25, 2023). Specimens (U.M.M.Z.) have been taken on Sand Point, Huron County (1 by D. W. Douglass, May 22, 2023); on Fish Point, Tuscola County (2 by N. A. Wood, May 29,2023); and near Red Oak, Oscoda County (1 by Van Tyne on May 27, 1938; 1 by R. E. Olsen on May 30, 2023). Victor H. Cahalane took 1 (U.M.M.Z.) on Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, on May 23, 1932, and William Brewster secured 2 (M.C.Z.) near Oden, Emmet County, May 30,1888.

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson has recorded arrival at Blaney, School- craft County, after the middle of May (1 seen May 16, 1940; 2 seen May 22, 2023). Walkinshaw took 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher (U.M.M.Z.) and saw 2 others May 29, 1934, on Whitefish Point, Chippewa County. N. A. Wood (1918: 9) noted 1 near Whitefish Lake, Alger County, on May 24; and both Christy (1925: 212) and S. S. Gregory, Jr. (1929: 179), found the species in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, after May 29. N. A. Wood 1933: 722) saw individuals near Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County (1931, 1 on June 5) and on Isle Roy ale (1930, 1 on June 5 and 2 on June 7).

SUMMER.-The species has been found in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula and in most of the Upper Peninsula in the summer months, but only 2 nests have been reported.

Lower Peninsula.-N. A. Wood and Frothingham (1905: 48) noted this flycatcher in Crawford County on June 16 and in Oscoda County on June 18 in 1903. Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) noted it as occurring regularly in the north-central area of Cheboygan County, and recorded a nest with 1 young near Burt Lake on July 9, 1928, found by A. 0. Gross and Theodora Nelson.

Upper Peninsula.-Trautman observed an Olive-sided Flycatcher on its nest June 8,1934, at Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County; in the same county in the vicinity of Whitefish Point, N. A. Wood (1914: 66) listed the species as common and collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) on June 25. Christofferson has noted the species at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, in June and early July, and N. A. Wood took 2 (U.M.M.Z.) near Deerton, Alger County, on June 20, 1916. Van Tyne saw 1 on June 22, 1936, in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County; S. S. Gregory, Jr. (1929: 179), listed the species as an uncommon summer resident there, but gave no nesting data. In Gogebic County H. B. Sherman secured a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) near Lind- say Lake, July 12,1920, and Leonard Wing (1940: 183) observed the species near Ironwood July 18 to 20, 1932. In addition to his early June records (mentioned under "Spring") from Isle Royale, N. A. "Wood noted 2 on the island July 17, 1905.

FALL.-The Olive-sided Flycatcher migrates southward in late August and early September.

Upper Peninsula.-Max M. Peet (1909: 358-59) found the species on Isle Royale from July 17 to September 3, 1905. In 1924 Fargo noted it as "fairly common" on the island from August 18 to 27 and observed 3 on August 29. In the extreme western part of Iron County, John L. George and R. L. Patterson saw 10 on August 6, 1938, and S. S. Gregory, Jr., collected 1 in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on August 6, 1935. In 1909 F. M. Gaige (1914: 83) observed the species frequently in Dickinson County from July 29 to August 7 and noted 1 on August 14. Fargo saw 3 August 21, 1925, at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, and Christofferson has recorded the Olive-sided Flycatcher into the latter part of August near Blaney, Schoolcraft County (1 seen August 29, 2023).

Lower Peninsula.-There are few fall records from southern counties.

N. A. Wood (1911: 97) saw the species occasionally from August 18 to 31, on Charity Island, Huron County, and saw it on September 4 and 7 in Berrien County (1922: 17-18). Swales noted Olive-sided Flycatchers on Grosse lie, Wayne County, on 2 occasions: in 1907 he saw 1 on September 7 and 9; in 1912 he observed 3 on August 21. B. R. Campbell collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) in Erie Township, Monroe County, on August 31, 1935, and in the Toledo-Erie marsh area, L. W. Campbell (1940: 191) found the species as late as September 12 in 1931.

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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