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 Palm Warbler

Status in Michigan
Common Transient


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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Palm Warbler Archives Reports
Fall 2003 102
Spring 2003 676
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 73
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 148
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 123
Summer 2001 1
Spring 2001 91
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 202
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 80
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 14
Spring/Summer 1999 10

NMB Database
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For: Palm Warbler




Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
View Fall 2003 sightings.
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Palm Warbler
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Palm Warbler
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Dendroica palmarum palmarum (Gmelin)
Western Palm Warbler

Common transient. One nesting record: Crawford County. First listed for Michigan by Gibbs (1879: 484).

SPRING.-The Palm Warbler arrives in Michigan in late April or early May, reaching the Upper Peninsula by the second week in May.

Lower Peninsula.-In the Toledo-Erie marsh area, L. W. Campbell (1940: 208) found this warbler the most abundant in spring during the first half of May. A similar status is reported in the Detroit area: J. Claire "Wood (1911: 24) observed 18 on May 8, and 14 on May 9; Swales listed the species as very common on May 12, 1907. A. S. Warthin, Jr., saw 1 in the Ann Arbor region as early as April 21 (1919), but the species has usually been reported there in the last few days of April or in early May. N. A. Wood (1922: 28) listed it in Berrien County from April 30 to May 19. G. A. Ammann observed it in south-central Saginaw County on May 4 and 15,1940. D. W. Douglass recorded 4 or 5 individuals a day on Sand Point, Huron County, throughout most of May (1931 to 1933). A number of specimens have been taken in the northern part of the peninsula: William Brewster and Jonathan Dwight collected several (M.C.Z.) at Cadillac, Wexford County, on May 14, and several more at Oden, Emmet County, on May 17 to 21, 1888; Theodora Nelson secured 1 at Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, on May 11, 1937.

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson has recorded this warbler at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, in early May (2 on May 4, 2023), noting greater numbers the second week and later (8 on May 12, 1940; 10 on May 16, 2023). Several observers have found it in Chippewa County: R. E. Olsen collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) at Munuscong Bay on May 5, 1934; Brodkorb saw a few at Whitefish Point on May 9, 1936; and N. A. Wood (1914: 71) re- corded it at Whitefish Point on May 13 and 16. N. A. Wood (1933: 730) listed the Palm Warbler as common in the vicinity of Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County, from May 13 to 28. A. Murie and N. A. Wood each collected a specimen (both in U.M.M.Z.) on Isle Royale, 1 on May 9, and 1 on May 24, 1930.

SUMMER.-One nesting record: R. E. Olsen, H. A. Olsen, and Walkinshaw (1931: 614) photographed 3 fledglings near Lovells, Crawford County, on June 16, 2023 (not June 15, 1931, as given in Leonard Wing, 1933; 73-75) . Leonard Wing observed Palm Warblers in this locality on numerous occasions from June 3 to early July, 1931. He saw 15 adults (several in U.M.M.Z.) and at least 6 young, 1 on July 5 just learning to fly.

FALL.-The southward migration occurs from the latter part of August to late September or early October.

Upper Peninsula.-Max M. Peet (1909: 377) noted numerous flocks of 30 to 40 birds on Isle Royale between late August and September 21; N. A. Wood observed the species there until October 1 in 1929. Ira N. Gabriel- son saw 12 Palm Warblers in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on September 22,1936, and S. S. Gregory, Jr. (1929 : 186), observed the species there from mid-September to early October. This warbler was reported "common" on Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, by Fargo on September 6 and 7, 1925; to the south, at McMillan, Luce County, the species has been seen several times in October by Bryens (October 6, 1938; October 15, 2023) .

Lower Peninsula.-N. A. Wood (1911: 107-8) observed large numbers of Palm "Warblers on Charity Island, Huron County: thousands were noted between September 13 and 18, and again between October 5 and 11, only a few being recorded after the last date. Gibbs (1885: 54) noted the species in Kalamazoo County in September and early October, and collected 1 (Gibbs, 1885o; Vol. 25, pp. 304-5) in Lake County on October 13, 1883. Leonard Wing saw "hundreds" near South Haven, Van Buren County, on September 15, 1931, and N. A. Wood (1922: 28) noted several in Berrien County on September 24. The Palm Warbler has been taken several times in the fall in the Ann Arbor region-L. D. Case collected 2 (U.M.M.Z) on September 28, 1935; W. Morgan took 1 (U.M.M.Z.) on October 1, 1896, and R. E. Olsen saw 1 on October 12, 1930. Swales saw several in the Detroit area on October 16, 1907; in the Toledo-Erie marsh area, L. W. Campbell (1940: 208), observed individuals as late as October 18 in 1930, but found the species most abundant from mid-September to early October.


Source:
MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS
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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