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Common Transient summer resident

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Ovenbird Archives Reports
Fall 2003 53
Spring 2003 88
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 18
Summer 2002 84
Spring 2002 127
Winter 01-02 1
Fall 2001 34
Summer 2001 92
Spring 2001 52
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 19
Summer 2000 84
Spring 2000 136
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 12
Spring/Summer 1999 21

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Seiurus aurocapillus aurocapillus (Linnaeus)

Common summer resident.

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

SPRING.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 208) in the Toledo-Erie marsh area, and Swales in the Detroit area, recorded main flight in the first week of May; Swales saw 10 on May 4, and 12 on May 7 in 1912. The early arrivals are noted in the Ann Arbor region in late April or early May, and by mid-May (Hann, 1937: 150-51) the migration appears completed. N. A. Wood (1922: 29) listed the species in Berrien County on May 5, 1918; F. W. Rapp (1931: 30) observed an individual in the vicinity of Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, as early as April 18 in 1926. Walkinshaw has found Oven-birds in Calhoun County regularly in the first week in May (1930 to 1940) . James H. Wood collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) at Sand Point, Huron County, on May 6, 1932, and D. W. Douglass noted the species there occasionally in mid-May (1931 to 1933). The only definite data on file from the northern part of the peninsula is the record of 2 specimens (M.C.Z.) collected by William Brewster and Jonathan Dwight at Cadillac, Wexford County, on May 12 and 14, 1888.

Upper Peninsula.-At Blaney, Schoolcraft County, Christofferson has recorded Oven-birds by the second week of May (1 on May 8, 1938; 10 on May 12, 2023), and at McMillan, Luce County, Bryens has observed them by mid-May. N. A. Wood (1914: 71) recorded arrival at Whitefish Point on May 27, but Brodkorb saw it there on May 17 in 1936. N. A. Wood (1933: 730) saw 2 Oven-birds at Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County, on . May 15; Wood and A. Murie saw the species on Isle Royale on May 10,1930.

SUMMER.-The nesting season is chiefly in the latter part of May and in June.

Lower Peninsula.-Swales noted a nest with 5 eggs in the Detroit area as early as May 20 in 1900, and another (1889: 189) with 2 warbler eggs and 4 Cowbird eggs on June 17. Hann (1937: 231-33) found that nesting activities began in the vicinity of Ann Arbor in late May, and F. W. Rapp (1931: 30) discovered an early nest with 6 eggs in the vicinity of Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, on May 17, 1925. The species has been found nesting in many other regions of the peninsula: Lewis Bracket! collected a set of 4 eggs (U.M.M.Z.) in Mecosta County, on June 9, 1896; Chaney (1910: 277) noted the species as very common in Mason County; and N. A. Wood and Frothingham (1905: 52) listed it as common in Oscoda County on June 13, July 2 and 16. The Oven-bird was also found in numbers on the Fox (1939 )and Manitou (1940) islands, Leelanau County, by A. E. Staebler and L. D. Case, as well as on the Beaver Islands, Charlevoix County, in 1937 and 1938 by Van Tyne, R. E. Morrill, and T. D. Hinshaw. Van Tyne (1925: 625) noted the species as common on the mainland of Charlevoix County, and Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) found numerous nests in the vicinity of Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County.

Upper Peninsula.-Van Tyne (1923: 25) found this warbler fairly common on Les Cheneaux Islands, Mackinac County; Leonard Wing (1940:191) saw it at Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County, in late June, and on Drummond Island, in the same county, T. D. Hinshaw and R. A. MacMullan frequently observed as many as 10 Oven-birds a day in June and July, 1938. N. A. Wood (1918: 13) listed the species from Whitefish Lake, Alger County, in July and August, and both Van Tyne (between June 21 and 27, 1936) and S. S. Gregory, Jr. (1929: 186), found the Oven-bird common in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County. At Golden Lake, Iron County, John L. George and R. L. Patterson recorded this warbler throughout the summer of 1938 (4 seen daily), and in the Porcupine Mountains of Ontonagon County, N. A. Wood, Peet, and McCreary (1906: 119) found a nest with 2 young on July 17 and noted many Oven-birds in the region. There are only a few records for Isle Royale: N. A. Wood saw the species occasionally the first two weeks of June, 1930, and Max M. Peet (1909: 377) mentioned the finding of several young able to care for themselves on August 12.

FALL.-Available information indicates that the species leaves the Upper Peninsula by mid-September and the Lower Peninsula by the end of the month.

Upper Peninsula.-Max M. Peet (1909: 377) found the Oven-bird on Isle Royale until September 12; S. S. Gregory, Jr., collected a specimen in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on September 10, 1919. F. M. Gaige (1914: 89) noted the species in Dickinson County on July 8 and regularly thereafter until the first week in August. Christofferson at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, reported 1 on September 8, 1937, and 1 on September 20, 1939.

Lower Peninsula.-N. A. Wood (1911: 108) noted the species occasionally in September on Charity Island, Huron County, recording it as late as September 30 (1911); on the mainland in the same county N. A. Wood and Gaige (1911: 302) listed it as common from mid-July to August 27. N. A. Wood (1922: 29) observed it in Berrien County in September, and Leonard Wing saw 6 near South Haven, Van Buren County, on September 16 and 17, 1931. Although noting a few in September, Hann (1937: 197) found most of the Oven-birds leaving the Ann Arbor area in July and August. J. Claire Wood (1905c: 21) noted 15 on September 25, and 7 on September 28 in the Detroit area, and reported (1906: 24) an individual as late as October 12 and October 15. L. W. Campbell (1940:208) has found the species leaving the Toledo-Erie marsh area between the last of August and the end of September.

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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