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The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Hylocichia fuscescens

The species was first authoritatively listed for Michigan by Gibbs (1879:482).

Michigan records of the species (Barrows, 1912:712-14; and others) were formerly referred to the Veery (Hylocichia fuscescens fuscescens), but all the summer specimens in the Museum of Zoology have been recently identified as Willow Thrushes (H. f. salicicola}, which is therefore considered the breeding form in Michigan. Ten specimens taken in spring and one taken in fall have been identified as H. f. fuscescens. Since the two forms cannot be satisfactorily separated in the field, all sight records have been referred in the following accounts to the Willow Thrush, though some spring and fall records may, of course, actually refer to the Veery.

Hylocichia fuscescens fuscescens (Stephens)

Transient; exact status uncertain.*

The 10 spring specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were taken as follows: in the Ann Arbor region, 1 on April 28, 1918, by H. B. Sherman; 1 on May 9, 1903, by 1 on May 9, 1926, by Walter Koelz; 1 on May 18, 1895, by D. C. Worcester. In Greenfield Township, Wayne County, 1 on May 3, 1907, by Swales. At Kalamazoo, 1 on May 3, 1880, by F. H. Chapin. In Warren Woods and at Birchwood Beach, Berrien County, 1 on May 7, 1919, and 2 on May 14, 1918, by N. A. Wood. In Montcalm County, 1 on May 24, 1883, by Gibbs.

The single fall specimen in the Museum of Zoology was taken in Green- field Township, Wayne County, on August 28, 1906, by Swales.

Hylocichia fuscescens salicicola Ridgway
Willow Thrush

Common summer resident.*

First recorded for Michigan by Van Tyne (1938 : 29).

SPRING.-The species usually arrives in the southern counties the first �week of May and reaches the Upper Peninsula about the middle of the month.

Lower Peninsula.-The earliest date for arrival of individuals in the Toledo-Erie marsh area is April 28, the average, May 5; the earliest date for the beginning of main flight is May 2, the average, May 11 (L. "W. Campbell, 1940: 192, 206). In the Detroit area Swales noted several Willow Thrushes on April 23, 1901, and 3 on April 29, 1905; he usually observed greater numbers in early May (10 on May 4, 2023). The species is regularly reported in the Ann Arbor area in late April or in early May, though N. A. Wood saw an individual there as early as April 13 in 1916. In Hartland Township, Livingston County, R. E. Olsen and others saw 20 Willow Thrushes on May 3,1936. During the 1930's, L. H. Walkinshaw usually recorded arrival in Calhoun County after the first week in May, but Gibbs (1885: 6) noted arrival in Kalamazoo County between May 1 and May 10. F. H. Chap in took a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) near Kalamazoo on May 4, 1883.

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson noted an individual at Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County, on May 16, 1929, and another at Blaney, School- craft County, on May 16, 1933. Bryens has recorded the species at McMillan, Luce County, usually about the middle of May or a little later (May 16 in 1931; May 19 in 1939 and 1940; May 21 in 1938).

SUMMER.-Nests with eggs have been recorded from the third week of May to mid-August, but the chief nesting period extends from late May to the first half of July.

Lower Peninsula.-Swales (1904: 42) listed the Willow Thrush as an abundant summer resident in the Detroit area and recorded several nests in 1901: May 22, a nest with 4 eggs; May 23, a nest with 2 eggs and another with 3 eggs; June 2, a nest with 4 young. Barrows (1912: 713) reported that the species had been found nesting in Monroe, Lenawee, and Hillsdale counties; N. A. Wood recorded 2 nests near Ann Arbor on May 24, 1904, 1 with 3 thrush eggs and 1 Cowbird egg, 1 with 4 thrush eggs and 2 Cowbird eggs. Wood (1922: 34) also noted a nest in Berrien County on May 25, 1919. Gibbs (1885 : 6), as well as F. W. Rapp (1931: 33), listed the species as an uncommon summer resident in Kalamazoo County; Rapp noted a nest near Vicksburg on May 27, 1895. In Oakland County a nest with 5 eggs (U.M.M.Z.) was collected by F. C. Hubel on May 26, 1900, and in Huron County a nest with 2 eggs was noted by N. A. Wood and Gaige (1911: 307) on August 17, 1908. L. D. Case and A. E. Staebler collected a number of specimens (U.M.M.Z.) on the Fox (1939) and Manitou (1940) islands, Leelanau County, in June and early July; Staebler collected 4 eggs (U.M.M.Z.) on South Fox Island, June 17, and 4 half-grown young (U.M.M.Z.) on North Fox Island, July 1. A number of specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were also taken in late June and early July on Beaver Island and neighboring smaller islands of Charlevoix County, by R. E. Morrill in 1937, and by Van Tyne in 1938; on the mainland in the same county Van Tyne (1925: 627) listed the species as a common summer resident. Widmann (1902 : 237) listed it as common in Emmet County, and Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) recorded a number of nests in the vicinity of Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, between June 16 (nest with 2 young and 1 egg) and July 22 (nest with 2 eggs).

Upper Peninsula.-The species was noted as a common summer resident on Les Cheneaux Islands, Mackinac County, by Van Tyne (1923: 25), and was seen occasionally on Drummond Island, Chippewa County, by T. D. Hinshaw and R. A. MacMullan. Christofferson discovered a nest with 4 eggs on June 9, 1940, at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, another nest with 4 eggs on June 14, 1932. Bryens recorded a nest with 3 eggs at McMillan, Luce County, on June 13, 1937, and Leonard Wing collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) at Rapid River, Delta County, on June 6, 1931. F. M. Gaige (1914: 90-91) frequently observed the species at Brown Lake, Dickinson County, and A. G. Ruthven collected a fledgling (U.M.M.Z.) there on July 8, 1909. An individual was seen at Golden Lake, Iron County, by John L. George and R. L. Patterson on June 30, 1938, and a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was collected by Leonard Wing (1940: 188) at Ironwood, Gogebic County, on July 18, 1932. A fledgling (U.M.M.Z.) was collected in the Porcupine Mountains, Ontonagon County, by 0. McCreary on July 22 (N. A. Wood, Peet, and McCreary, 1906:121). The species was listed as very common on Isle Royale in July and August, 1905 (Max M. Peet, 1909 : 383-84).

FALL.-Departure is reported in late August and September.

Upper Peninsula.-Max M. Peet (1909a: 118) listed the species on Isle Royale from August 24 to September 14 in 1905. Bryens recorded it at Macmillan, Luce County, until August 29 in 1934, August 31 in 1929, and September 3 in 1935.

Lower Peninsula.-N. A. "Wood (1911: 111) observed the species on Charity Island, Huron County, on September 3, 5, and 7 (1910). H. B. Sherman collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) in Berrien County on August 30, 1917, and A. D. Tinker saw an individual near Ann Arbor on September 7, 1913. Swales (1904: 42) reported departure from the Detroit area in the latter part of September, and L. W. Campbell (1940: 192) reported departure from the Toledo-Erie marsh area, on the average, by early September.

* See Hylocichia fuscescens, above.

Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

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