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 Tennessee Warbler

Status in Michigan
Common Transient

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Tennessee Warbler Archives Reports
Fall 2003 148
Spring 2003 33
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 51
Summer 2002 0
Spring 2002 83
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 49
Summer 2001 0
Spring 2001 24
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 38
Summer 2000 0
Spring 2000 50
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 14
Spring/Summer 1999 1

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Tennessee Warbler
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Tennessee Warbler
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Vermivora peregrina (Wilson)
Tennessee Warbler

Common transient.

First listed for Michigan by Gibbs (1879: 483): "Helminthophaga peregrina."

SPRING.-The Tennessee Warbler, less common at this season than in the fall, arrives after the first week in May in the Lower Peninsula and a week or 10 days later in the north.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 207) gave May 12 to 21 as the average period for main flight in the Toledo-Erie marsh area. Swales (1904: 39) noted transients in the Detroit area between May 10 and 20. The species is usually not reported at Ann Arbor until the first week of May or even later; 1 was seen on May 2, 1905, by N. A. Wood; 4 on May 7, 1936, by Trautman; and 1 collected on June 6, 1907, by N. A. Wood. N. A. Wood (1922: 26) listed transients in Berrien County from May 11 to the end of the month. Walkinshaw has reported arrival in the vicinity of Battle Creek by May 6 (1930), but Gibbs (1885: 38) did not report arrival in Kalamazoo until after the middle of May. William Brewster and Jonathan Dwight collected a series of specimens (M.C.Z.) near Oden, Emmet County, between May 18 and 26, 1888.

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson has recorded transients at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, during the third week of May; he saw 5 there on May 17, 1936, 16 on May 18, 1933. N. A. Wood (1914: 70) found 2 dead birds at the lighthouse on Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, on May 19, 1914, and observed the species on May 27, 1916, at Whitefish Lake, Alger County (1918: 12). S. S. Gregory, Jr., collected a specimen in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on May 22, 1932; and N. A. Wood (1933: 725) listed the species at Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County, on May 25, 1931. N. A. Wood found it common on Isle Royale in 1930 from May 14, when it was first noted, until June.

SUMMER.-Barrows (1912: 589) reported that a fledgling was seen in Benzie County, August 4, 1906, and an adult in Oscoda County in late June, 1906. Brodkorb (1926 : 249-50) reported an adult warbler feeding a young Cowbird in Muskegon County on July 12, 1923. One Tennessee Warbler was seen at Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, on July 3,2023 (N. A. Wood, Smith, and Gates, 1916 :17). So far as is known, no nests have been found in Michigan and these summer records are not supported by specimens.

FALL.-The southward migration through Isle Royale begins in early August, through the Upper Peninsula in the latter part of September, and through the Lower Peninsula by early October.

Upper Peninsula.-Max M. Peet (1909 : 373) noted first arrivals on Isle Royale August 2, and found the species very common during late August, and noted a few stragglers after September 8. In 1929, N. A. Wood saw an individual there as late as October 1; in 1931, Leonard Wing (1940: 190) listed the species at Bruce Crossing, Ontonagon County, on August 24, and at Alpha, Iron County, on August 28. S. S. Gregory, Jr., secured a specimen in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on September 22, 1919. Fargo noted a few on August 26 and 28 in 1925, on Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, where A. D. Tinker and E. E. Olsen found the species fairly numerous in 1931, listing "many" on August 27 and 6 on August 28. Christofferson has found the species most abundant at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, in mid-September; he saw 6 there on September 10, 1933, 18 on September 11, 1935, and 6 on September 18, 1933.

Lower Peninsula.-N. A. Wood and Frothingham (1905: 52) saw an individual near Grayling, Crawford County, September 6. A series of specimens (U.M.M.Z.) was secured by H. E. Sargeant near Grand Rapids, Kent County, on October 1, 1903, and in Berrien County the species was noted by N. A. Wood (1922: 26) from August 28 to September 15, 1917. Numerous specimens have been taken in the Ann Arbor area during late August and in September, probably the latest record being that of N. A. Wood, who saw 1 on October 17, 1909. J. Claire Wood (1906: 22; 1907:329) found the Tennessee Warbler an abundant transient from late August to early October in Wayne County, where he recorded 26 on September 7, 1906, 75 on September 9, 1907, and 2 on October 14, 1907. L. W. Campbell (1940:193, 207) gave August 27 to September 22 as the average period for main flight in the Toledo-Erie marsh area, but noted individuals as late as October 26 in 1935.

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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