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 Prairie Warbler

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient summer resident

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Prairie Warbler Archives Reports
Fall 2003 3
Spring 2003 11
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 4
Summer 2002 3
Spring 2002 7
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 0
Summer 2001 31
Spring 2001 12
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 0
Summer 2000 14
Spring 2000 9
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 3
Spring/Summer 1999 0

NMB Database
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For: Prairie Warbler

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Prairie Warbler
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Prairie Warbler
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Search "The Birds of Michigan" text.

Home - Foreword - Preface - Introduction - Hypothetical List - Literature Cited

Historical Text

Dendroica discolor discolor (Vieillot) Northern Prairie Warbler

Uncommon local summer resident in Berrien, Ottawa, Crawford, Oscoda, Otsego, and Cheboygan counties.

First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839: 414).

SPRING.-The species generally appears in Michigan about the middle of May. L. W. Campbell (1940: 195) has found it in the Toledo-Erie marsh area from May 8 to May 17. It is usually noted in the Ann Arbor region also in mid-May, but a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was collected there by N. A. Wood as early as May 2 in 1905. In Berrien County it was ob- served by N. A. Wood (1922: 29) on May 12, and 1 was seen in Assyria Township, Barry County, on May 17, 1931, by Walkinshaw. Maurice G. Brooks listed this warbler as common in Huron County on May 30, 1939, but at Sand Point in the same county, D. W. Douglass noted only a few (1931 to 1933); he collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) on May 7,1931, and 1 (U.M.M.Z) on May 19,1932.

SUMMER.-Nests with eggs have been found from the last of May to late July. Davidson (1895: 53-54) reported a nest with 2 eggs near Detroit on May 27, 1894. N. A. Wood (1922: 29) found 2 nests in Berrien County: 1 on June 5 with 5 eggs, and 1 with 5 eggs (U.M.M.Z.) on June 7. G. F. Raz reported a nest with 2 eggs from the same county on July 31, 1935. Gibbs (Barrows, 1912: 627) noted a nest in Ottawa County on May 26, 1879, and Walkinshaw observed the species there in late June, 1934. Leonard Wing (1933: 73) found the Prairie Warbler "abundant" in Crawford County during the summers of 1931 and 1932 and collected several fledglings (U.M.M.Z.) ; A. M. Baumgartner discovered a nest there on June 20, 1938. The species apparently breeds in several of the counties farther north. A specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was taken in Otsego County on June 22, 1935, and several (U.M.M.Z.) were taken in Oscoda County in mid-July (1936 to 1941).

Van Tyne noted many singing males in the vicinity of Mio, Oscoda County, and found a nest with 2 small warblers and 1 young Cowbird on June 16, 1941.' Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) reported the species in late June and early July at Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, in 1926.

FALL.-Data indicate that the species migrates in late August and September. On Charity Island, Huron County, N. A. Wood (1911: 108) observed several Prairie Warblers on August 22, and 3 on August 24; in the northwestern part of Huron County, N. A. Wood and Gaige (1911: 301-302) noted 1 to 4 on several occasions between August 10 and 24. Leonard Wing collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) at Grass Lake, Jackson County, on September 7,1931, and Swales (1910: 462) observed 1 on Grosse He, Wayne County, on September 30, 1909.

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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