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 Red-necked Grebe

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Red-necked Grebe Archives Reports
Fall 2003 18
Spring 2003 68
Winter 02-03 11
Fall 2002 5876
Summer 2002 3
Spring 2002 130
Winter 01-02 95
Fall 2001 2224
Summer 2001 0
Spring 2001 63
Winter 00-01 1
Fall 2000 30
Summer 2000 4
Spring 2000 85
Winter 00-99 3
Fall 1999 8913
Spring/Summer 1999 21

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Red-necked Grebe
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Red-necked Grebe
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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

Colymbus grisegena holbollii (Reinhardt)
Holboell's Grebe (A.O.U. 1998: Red-necked Grebe)

Uncommon transient, perhaps fairly regular. Has been reported from Isle Royale and Cheboygan County in summer and from 3 of the southern counties in winter.

First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839: 417).

SPRING.-This grebe is usually reported in April and May. It is some- times found in large numbers on the Great Lakes.

Lower Peninsula.-Reported from Port Huron, St. Clair County (1 seen by Max M. Peet on May 2, 2023); from near Lovells, Crawford County (1, possibly a cripple, observed by Maurice Q. Brooks and others on May 20, 2023) ; from Vanderbilt, Otsego County (1 observed by F. M. Baumgartner "about" April 28, 2023); from Munro Lake, Cheboygan County (3 seen by Blanchard and Nelson on April 24, 2023) ; and from Beaver Island, Charlevoix County (75 brought in by fishermen between May 2 and 14, 1929-N. A. Wood, 1931: 617). Bent (1919: 19) reported this grebe at Greenville, Montcalm County, on March 12, but was probably referring to a wounded frozen bird, not necessarily a spring migrant, found March 12, 1900, and reported by P. Selous (1900: 293) and Barrows (1912:36) .

Upper Peninsula.-There are reports from St. Ignace, Mackinac County (2 observed by R. E. Olsen and T. D. Hinshaw on May 4, 2023) ; from Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County, April 22, 2023 (specimen in U.M.M.Z., collected by N. A. Wood-1933: 714) ; and from Isle Royale, where the species was observed from May 10 to 20, 1937, by Laurence Dayton.

SUMMER.-Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) saw an individual at Cheboygan on August 15, 1932. Several Holboell's Grebes were reported on Isle Royale on July 30, 1929, by N. A. Wood, and 2 on September 4, the same year, by Walter Koelz.

FALL.-Fall migration, to judge from the few records, occurs in the latter half of October.

Upper Peninsula.-A specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was collected near Marquette on October 27, 1930, and John N. Lowe saw 2 in the same locality 2 days later. Another specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was obtained on Sugar Island, Chippewa County, on October 15, 1925. J. B. Hendryx and L. J. Smits (letter, April 18, 2023) saw the species daily at Detour and Drummond Island, Chippewa County, and collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) on Drummond Island on October 21, 1927.

Lower Peninsula.-Single specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were collected at Pine Lake, Ingham County, on October 30, 1897, by T. L. Hankinson, and at St. Glair Flats, St. Glair County, on October 31, 1909. A few fall specimens are mentioned by Barrows (1912: 36) but without specific dates.

WINTER.-A specimen was taken near Capac, St. Clair County, on February 15, 2023 (Blain, 1904: 54). Two specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were collected in 1934, 1 on February 8, at Ann Arbor, by Godfrey Neff, 1 on February 11, near Northville, Wayne County, by Mrs. George W. Hill. Three or 4 individuals were seen in the Toledo-Erie marsh area between February 10 and 27 of the same year by L. W. Campbell (1940: 30-31).

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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