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Count totals in the NMB Databases for Sanderling.

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Sanderling Archives Reports
Fall 2003 360
Spring 2003 17
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 218
Summer 2002 135
Spring 2002 9
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 518
Summer 2001 2
Spring 2001 17
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 559
Summer 2000 53
Spring 2000 4
Winter 00-99 2
Fall 1999 90
Spring/Summer 1999 4

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Sanderling
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
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Historical Text

Crocethia alba (Pallas)

Transient, found chiefly on the Great Lakes; uncommon in spring and common in fall.

First authoritatively listed for Michigan by Gibbs (1879: 492).

SPRING.-Main flight is reported in the latter half of May and in early June. In the Toledo-Erie marsh area (L. W. Campbell, 1940: 82, 190, 203) , where the species is only fairly regular in spring, main flight has averaged from May 18 to June 2. At Detroit (J. Claire Wood, 1909a; 427) this wader was reported on May 16, 1909. It has been noted only rarely in the Ann Arbor region: at Whitmore Lake, Washtenaw County, 1 on May 17, 1932, by H. W. Hann; 1 on May 23, 1935, by Trautman; and 3 on May 26, 1935, by R. E. Olsen. At Portage Lake, Jackson County, a male was collected by James H. Wood on June 11, 1934; and at Kalamazoo the species was listed by Walkinshaw on June 9, 1931. In 3 spring seasons (1931 to 1933) on Sand Point, Huron County, D. W. Douglass found Sanderlings irregularly from May 21 (1933) to June 3 (1933), "singly, in couples, or in flocks up to thirty." Northward, at Cheboygan (Duncan Bay) Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) recorded the species in May. In the Upper Peninsula at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, Tyrrell (1934: 22) saw a flock of Sanderlings and collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) on June 5, 1930.

FALL.-Principal movement, considerably heavier in fall than in spring, takes place in August, September, and the first part of October.

Upper Peninsula.-S. S. Gregory, Jr. (1929: 175; and notes), collected 1 in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on September 13, 1935, and listed the species there as a regular fall transient, present from August 8 to September 28. East of Deer Park, Luce County, B. E. Olsen and A. D. Tinker noted 10 on August 30 and 1 on September 4, 1936. In several seasons at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, the birds have been found sparingly from the latter part of August (10 seen on August 20, 1925, by Fargo, and 13 on August 27, 1937, by Olsen and Tinker) to September 30, when 1 (U.M.M.Z.) was collected in 1929 by Curren Hawkins.

Lower Peninsula.-According to Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937), Max M. Peet, and W. J. Howard, the Sanderling has been present fairly regularly in August, September, and early October along the north shore of Emmet County and Cheboygan County; 2 (U.M.M.Z.) were taken at Wilderness State Park, Emmet County (September 17 and October 4, 2023) ; 1 (Max M. Peet collection) at Cheboygan on September 9,1941; and 2 (on September 18, 1932, by Max M. Peet), at Burt Lake, Cheboygan County. In Mason County, Chaney (1910: 273) saw "large flocks . . . near Lake Michigan in September." On Saginaw Bay, where this transient was noted as early as July 19 (1911, U.M.M.Z., a flock of 13 on Charity Island), it has been common or even abundant some years from August to the second week of October, flocks of from "twenty to sixty" or more (in August and September) being not unusual (U.M.M.Z., from Huron and Tuscola counties; N. A. Wood and Gaige, 1911: 281; N. A. Wood, 1911: 90; 1912o; 183; Barrows, 1912: 189). Leon J. Cole (Barrows, 1912: 189) found it abundant in fall at Grand Haven, Ottawa County. Along the Berrien County shore in late August and early September, 1917 (N. A. Wood, 1922: 11), this species was the most common of the waders present; at St. Joseph 28 birds were noted on September 25, 1938, by Walkinshaw, and 2 as late as November 5 (1933) by Walkinshaw and R. E. Olsen. Inland records are rare; the species was reported from Portage Lake, Jackson County, on October 3, 2023 (1 seen by A. D. Tinker and R. E. Olsen), and from about Ann Arbor on August 26, 1899, 4 seen by C. L. Cass-Barrows, 1912: 189) and on September 4, 1935, (1, in U.M.M.Z., from Whitmore Lake collected by Trautman). J. Claire Wood (1909o; 427) recorded 2 (U.M.M.Z.) taken at Detroit on August 26, 1908; Barrows (1912: 189) mentioned an individual that was secured on the shore of Sanilac County as late as November 24 (1903). In the Toledo-Erie marsh area, L. W. Campbell (1940:82, 190, 203) listed the species from early July to December 1, main flight averaging July 28 to October 13.

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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