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 Solitary Sandpiper

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common Transient

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Solitary Sandpiper Archives Reports
Fall 2003 57
Spring 2003 70
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 62
Summer 2002 11
Spring 2002 80
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 50
Summer 2001 103
Spring 2001 32
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 13
Summer 2000 8
Spring 2000 74
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 32
Spring/Summer 1999 4

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Fall 1999-Spring 2002
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Tringa solitaria solitaria Wilson
Eastern Solitary Sandpiper (A.O.U. 1998: Solitary Sandpiper)

Fairly common transient, more common in fall than in spring. Twice noted in summer (Livingston and Jackson counties).

First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839: 416): "Totanus chloropygius."

SPRING.-Main flight apparently begins in southern counties in late April, and in the Upper Peninsula in mid-May; it ends in late May.

Lower Peninsula.-In the Toledo-Erie marsh area (L. W. Campbell, 1940: 75, 188, 202), the Solitary Sandpiper has been present from the last week in April through May, main flight averaging May 5 to May 18. At Detroit, Swales saw the species from late April (6 birds on April 26, 2023) to the latter part of May. A few have been noted regularly in the Ann Arbor region from late April to the middle of May; on May' 2, 1908, 5 (U.M.M.Z.) were seen by N. A. Wood near Ann Arbor. The species was listed on April 18, 1924, in Jackson County (Fargo), and from about April 25 to mid-May in Calhoun County (Walkinshaw, 1941: 116). Gibbs (1885: 166) and F. W. Rapp (1931: 10) found it "common" in Kalama- zoo County. In Berrien County it was "rather rare," seen from May 6 to 9 only (N. A. Wood, 1922: 11). At Sand Point, Huron County, one was seen on May 2, 1931, and one on May 13, 1933, by D. W. Douglass; 10 miles northeast of Gaylord, Otsego County, 2 were recorded on May 7,1939, by R. L. Patterson; on Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, it was found to be rather common on May 10,12, and 15,1929, by James H. Wood and N. A. Wood.

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson (at Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County, and at Blaney, Schoolcraft County) and Bryens (at McMillan, Luce County) have recorded a few individuals from mid-May (rarely earlier), to the end of the month. N. A. Wood (1918: 6; 1933: 717) collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) at Whitefish Lake, Alger County, on May 25; he ob- served the species at Lake Fannie Hooe, Keweenaw County, on May 11, and collected 1 (U.M.M.Z.) there on May 18. In the Huron Mountain region, Marquette County, it has been rather common from May 17 to 26 (S. S. Gregory, Jr., 1929: 175; see also Christy, 1925: 210).

SUMMER.-An individual was listed on June 29, 1931, in Livingston County, by H. W. Hann, and 1 (U.M.M.Z.) taken July 5, 1934, at Portage Lake, Jackson County, by James H. Wood.

FALL.-Main flight apparently extends from about mid-July to mid- September.

Upper Peninsula.-The species has been noted on Isle Royale, where it is rather common in fall, from July 23 (1929, by Walter E. Hastings) to September 15 (U.M.M.Z.; N. A. Wood, Peet, and McCreary, 1906: 122; Peet, 1909o: 109, 118; 1909: 346). It was observed about the Porcupine Mountains, Ontonagon County (N. A. Wood, 1905: 176; N. A. Wood, Peet, and McCreary, 1906: 113-14), from July 18 (1904) to August 20 (1935). It was noted near Trout Creek in the same county on October 4, 2023 (1 by Trautman); near Golden Lake, Iron County, on August 8, 2023 (1 by John L. George and R. L. Patterson) ; in Dickinson County from July 29 to Au- gust 24, 1909 (flocks of 12 to 15-Gaige, 1914: 79) ; in the Huron Mountain region, Marquette County, from July 21 to October 7 (S. S. Gregory, Jr., 1929: 175); and at Whitefish Lake, Alger County, from July 11 to 13, 1916 (N. A. Wood, 1918: 6). Bryens (McMillan, Luce County) and Christofferson (at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, and Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County) have found this species more numerous and more regular at this season than in spring; they record it from early or middle July to about September 20. At Blaney, Christofferson observed 1 to 5 birds frequently between July 15 and September 17, 1937. Specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were taken in Chippewa County at Vermilion (N. A. Wood, 1914: 62) on August 14,2023(1), and on Drummond Island, July 29,2023 (1, by T. D. Hinshaw).

Lower Peninsula.-Although in the Douglas Lake area, Cheboygan County, the Solitary Sandpiper seems to have been more common formerly than now (see N. A. Wood, Smith, and Gates, 1916: 9; Compton, 1914: 178-80) , it is now recorded a few times each summer (U.M.M.Z.; Blanchard and Nelson, MS of 1937). R. T. Hatt noted an individual on South Manitou Island, Leelanau County, on July 11 and 12, 1940, and Van Tyne (1925: 615) found a flock of 15 at Boyne Falls, Charlevoix County, on August 16, 1923. The species was "frequent" in August in the vicinity of Crawford County (N. A. Wood and Frothingham, 1905: 46; Frothing- ham, 1906: 158); "common" after September 9 in Mason County (Cheney, 1910: 273) ; numerous in Manistee County on August 7, 2023 (Hermann, 1931: 311); and present on Charity Island, Huron County, from July 10 to September 24 (N. A. Wood, 1911: 91; 1912a; 183). It was rare in Berrien County (noted September 10 only-N. A. Wood, 1922: 11), but rather common in Kalamazoo County, occurring there from early August to October 2 (Gibbs, 1885: 166; F. W. Rapp, 1931: 10). At Lansing in 1906 it was common all through September, and a few were seen October 3 (Barrows, 1912: 193-95). This sandpiper is somewhat more numerous in the Ann Arbor, Detroit (Swales), and Toledo-Erie marsh (L. W. Camp- bell, 1940: 188, 202) areas in fall than in spring; it has been found in these regions from the first or second week of July to late September and the first week of October; in the Toledo-Erie marsh region main flight has occurred on the average from July 19 to September 3.

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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