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 Semipalmated Sandpiper

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Fall 2000 1276
Summer 2000 122
Spring 2000 28
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Fall 1999 668
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Ereunetes pusillus (Linnaeus)
Semipalmated Sandpiper

Common transient.

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

SPRING.-Main flight is reported in the latter half of May and in early June.

Lower Peninsula.-In the Toledo-Erie marsh area (L. "W. Campbell, 1940: 80, 189, 203), individuals have arrived in the first week of May, the period of the main flight averaging May 20 to June 3; 2 specimens (Max M. Peet collection) were taken in the Erie marsh as late as June 17 in 1938. In the Ann Arbor region a few of these sandpipers are seen almost every year in May; on May 3, 1925, 3 were reported at Whitmore Lake by N. A. Wood, and on May 23, 1933, 25 were seen at Ypsilanti by C. J. Spiker; the species has sometimes been reported there in early June. At Portage Lake, Jackson County, where the species has been irregular, 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were collected by James H. Wood as late as June 11 (1934). Gibbs (1885: 166) called this wader common in Kalamazoo County and stated that he had collected specimens from flocks there as late as June 1. Typical numbers found at Fish Point, Tuscola County, are 133 on May 26 (1935, by Trautman), 100 on May 27 (1926, by N. A. Wood), and 20 on June 1 (1926, by N. A. Wood). At Sand Point, Huron County, specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were taken from May 24 (1932, 1933, and 1936) to June 9 (1933) ; D. W. Douglass found the birds there every spring from 1931 to 1933, "chiefly in small groups of from four to fifteen, rarely singly or in couples." Walter E. Hastings collected 5 (U.M.M.Z.) on Thunder Bay Island, Alpena County, on June 9, 1922, and Van Tyne collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) from a flock of 3 on Gull Island (Beaver group), Charlevoix County, on June 20, 1938; Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) listed the species near Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, on May 29, 1937.

Upper Peninsula.-A flock was seen at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County (N. A. Wood, 1914:62), on May 29 and 30, 1914; 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were taken there June 5 and June 7, 1930, by W. B. Tyrrell; and an individual was noted in the Huron Mountain region, Marquette County (Christy, 1925: 210; S. S. Gregory, Jr., 1929: 175) on June 3,1925.

FALL.-Main flight in fall, somewhat heavier than in spring, is reported from mid-July to mid-September.

Upper Peninsula.-S. S. Gregory, Jr. (1929: 175), listed the species in the Huron Mountain region, Marquette County, on August 28, and N. A. Wood (1914: 62) saw it near Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, on August 17, 1914.

Lower Peninsula.-In the Douglas Lake area, Cheboygan County, Fortner and Metcalf (1929: 249) and Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) re- corded a few of the species on July 24, and in August. N. A. Wood (see Van Tyne, 1925: 615) noted this sandpiper at Deer Lake, Charlevoix County, on August 22, 1922; inland at Lake City, Missaukee County, Walkinshaw listed it on August 31, 1935. About Saginaw Bay, at Charity Island, Oak Point, and Sand Point, Huron County (N. A. Wood and Gaige, 1911: 281; N. A. Wood, 1911: 90; 1912o; 182; specimens in U.M.M.Z.), the species apparently has been uncommon in early July; it has appeared there by July 9, and a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was collected July 10 (1911) ; it has been fairly common later, in August and September. At Fish Point, Tuscola County, an individual was taken (Max M. Peet collection) by Peet as late as November 6 (1932). On the Berrien County shore N. A. Wood (1922:11) recorded flocks daily from August 27 to September 10,1917. In Kalamazoo County Gibbs (1885: 166) found the species common, though at Vicksburg, F. W. Rapp (1931: 10; and notes) had only 2 records: July 24, 1928, and (a specimen) October 2, 1929. At Portage Lake, Jackson County, 4 of the species were noted on July 29, 1934, and 30 on August 16, 1936, by R. E. Olsen, A. D. Tinker, and T. D. Hinshaw; 2 (U.M.M.Z.) were collected there on September 11, 1938, by Brodkorb. The species is found not infrequently in the Ann Arbor region, but in small numbers; 8 were recorded there on July 23, 1919, by N. A. Wood, and 1 (Max M. Peet collection) was collected on September 19, 1938, by R. E. Morrill. At Detroit, Taverner and Swales (1907: 86) recorded moderately small numbers from late July until after mid-August; Swales (notes) listed 50 there on August 1 (1908) and about 45 on August 12 (1905). In the Toledo-Erie marsh area (L. W. Campbell, 1940: 80, 189, 203), where some are found all summer, the main flight averages July 20 to September 24, stragglers remaining on occasion until the latter part of November.

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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