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Active Database - Spring 2005
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White-breasted Nuthatch Archives Reports
Fall 2003 274
Spring 2003 100
Winter 02-03 120
Fall 2002 85
Summer 2002 36
Spring 2002 127
Winter 01-02 152
Fall 2001 127
Summer 2001 37
Spring 2001 153
Winter 00-01 286
Fall 2000 137
Summer 2000 20
Spring 2000 75
Winter 00-99 186
Fall 1999 110
Spring/Summer 1999 17

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the White-breasted Nuthatch
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
White-breasted Nuthatch
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The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Sitta carolinensis cookei Oberholser
White-breasted Nuthatch

Permanent resident, common in most southern counties, much less common in the north.

First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839: 415).

Actual nest records are comparatively few. Most of the recorded nests were found in May, a few in late April. Young have been found as early as May 4.

Lower Peninsula.-M. B. Mills (1891: 157) collected a 10-egg set in Lenawee County on April 26, 1891. In Oakland County (Mummery, 1903:85-86) and in the Detroit area (Swales, 1904: 42) the White-breasted Nuthatch has been reported as an abundant resident. F. C. Hubel collected a set of 4 eggs (U.M.M.Z.) in "Wayne County on May 2, 1902; Swales (notes) found a nest with 8 young on May 4, 1902, at West Utica, north of Detroit. At Ann Arbor J. W. Harris collected a nest with eggs (U.M.M.Z.) on April 29, 1896, and T. D. Hinshaw saw 3 almost fully grown young being fed by their parents on June 11, 1941. Since 1930 Walkinshaw has recorded this nuthatch regularly in Calhoun County. In Kalamazoo County both Gibbs (1889: 187) and Rapp (1931: 32) recorded it as a common permanent resident; Rapp gave 1 nest record: May 15, 1904, a nest with 7 eggs. Westnedge (1891: 4) recorded 5 nests with eggs in Kalamazoo County between 1887 and 1890, the earliest on April 27, the latest on May 27. N. A. Wood (1922: 33) listed this nuthatch as very rare in Berrien County (1917 to 1920), but in August, 1928, Brodkorb (1929: 398) found it common there. On the mainland and islands of northwestern Huron County in the summers of 1908, 1910, and 1911, it was rare (N. A. Wood and Gaige, 1911: 306; N. A. Wood, 1911: 110-11; 1912o: 188); D. W. Douglass also found it uncommon there in 3 successive springs (1931 to 1933); in Iosco and Crawford counties it was listed as frequent in the summer of 1903 (N. A. Wood and Frothingham, 1905: 53). Westward, in Mason County, it was found to be common in summer and abundant in late August and September (Chancy, 1910: 278). In the summer of 1940 A. E. Staebler and L. D. Case recorded this nuthatch only once (2 birds on July 3) on North Manitou Island, Leelanau County. In Charlevoix County it was noted once on the mainland: on July 1, 1923, by Van Tyne (1925:626) ; twice on Beaver Island: on May 7, 1929, by N. A. Wood, and on May 24, 1932, by Victor H. Cahalane. It was uncommon in July of 1901 in Emmet County (Widmann, 1902: 237), but is apparently common at all times of the year near Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County (Compton, 1914:177; N. A. Wood, Smith, and Gates, 1916: 20; Blanchard and Nelson, MS of 1937).

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson has recorded a few White-breasted. Nuthatches nearly every year at Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County, and at Blaney, Schoolcraft County. Bryens has found them common at McMillan, Luce County, and reported young out of the nest on July 29, 1935. N. A. "Wood (1918 :14) recorded a few in summer in Alger County; Walkinshaw observed 5 young with adults there on June 26, 1933. In Marquette County (S. S. Gregory, Jr., 1929: 187) and in Dickinson County (Gaige, 1914:90), this nuthatch has been reported as only occasional, but near Golden Lake, western Iron County, 3 to 6 birds were seen daily in the summer of 1938 (John L. George and R. L. Patterson). The 2 reports from Isle Royale are for August 24, 2023 (N. A. Wood, Peet, and McCreary, 1906:126) and August 5, 2023 (Walter E. Hastings).

Museum 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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