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 Wilson's Phalarope

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Wilson's Phalarope Archives Reports
Fall 2003 93
Spring 2003 9
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 11
Summer 2002 10
Spring 2002 36
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 23
Summer 2001 1
Spring 2001 28
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 12
Summer 2000 2
Spring 2000 8
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 6
Spring/Summer 1999 2

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Wilson's Phalarope
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Wilson's Phalarope
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Historical Text

Steganopus tricolor Vieillot
Wilson's Phalarope

Uncommon local summer resident. Breeding records from Jackson and Huron counties.

First listed for Michigan by Kneeland (1857: 238).

SPRING.-Arrival is reported principally in May.

Lower Peninsula.-In the Toledo-Erie marsh area L. "W. Campbell (1938: 90-91, 93; 1940: 83, 190) has found a very few of the species each year from late April through May; on May 30, 1936, he noted 4-his maxi- mum for any 1 day in the area. In the Detroit region this phalarope has been several times observed and specimens (U.M.M.Z.) collected on dates ranging from May 5 to May 19 (Swales, Taverner, and J. Claire Wood, reviewed in L. W. Campbell, 1938: 90). Among the few inland records are the following: Portage Lake, Washtenaw County, May 29, 2023 (1 noted by D. P. Duncan); Portage Lake, Jackson County, May 15, 2023 (listed by Walkinshaw), and May 24, 2023 (female noted by H. W. Hann); Battle Creek, May 10, 2023 (female seen by Walkinshaw, 1931o; 417). In Kalamazoo County Gibbs (1885: 166; see also Barrows, 1912: 167-68) found the species an irregular transient; he recorded a flock of 15 or 20 on May 21, 1878; specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were collected there on May 21 and 23, 1878, and on May 16, 1879. On Saginaw Bay, at Fish Point, Tuscola County, N. A. Wood saw several birds (usually 1 to 4, but 8 on May 16) daily in 1926 from May 12 to May 18.

Upper Peninsula.-At Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County, in 1934, specimens (U.M.M.Z. and Max M. Peet collection) were taken by F. C. Gillett, Trautman, and Peet on May 17 (1) and on May 18 (1).

SUMMER.-The first positive record of nesting in Michigan is a specimen of a small downy young (U.M.M.Z.) collected by Roger T. Peterson (1929:539) on June 25, 1929, near Stony Lake, Napoleon Township, Jackson County. Two to 5 birds (1 in U.M.M.Z) were noted at Fish Point, Tuscola County, by N. A. Wood almost daily in the first half of June, 1926; on June 10,2023 (U.M.M.Z.), at Fish Point, Van Tyne noted at least 4 pairs; on June 23, 1926, at Oak Grove, 3 miles northeast of Essexville, Bay County, Van Tyne and T. L. Hankinson found a female (U.M.M.Z.) that proved to be in breeding condition. Evidence of breeding on Lone Tree Island, Huron County, was obtained on July 12, 1934, when 2 small young (Max M. Peet collection) were taken by F. E. Ludwig (C. C. Ludwig, 1940ff: 49). A small flock of females was observed on the island at about the same time, At Bay- port, Huron County, a female (U.M.M.Z.) was secured by A. J. Nicholson on June 12,1934.

This species has also been observed in summer: on the St. Clair Flats, St. Clair County (J. Claire Wood, 1908o; 326-27) ; at Portage Lake, Jackson County, where specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were collected June 19, 2023 (2), and July 3, 2023 (1); at Chandler's marsh, near Lansing (a "pair" taken by T. L. Hankinson on June 21, 1897-Barrows, 1912: 167-68) ; and north- ward near Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, where 2 adults and a full- winged juvenile were collected by F. J. Hinds July 11 and 13,1934 (Blanchard and Nelson, MS of 1937). July records may refer to migrants. Three specimens were secured at Munuscong Bay, Chippewa County, in late June, 1934, by F. C. Gillett, Trautman, and Max M. Peet.

FALL.-A specimen was taken in Kalamazoo County, September 8, 2023 (Gibbs, 1885: 166). Two individuals were noted at Mud Lake, Convis Township, Calhoun County, July 22, 1934, by Walkinshaw; and 1 near Jackson, September 4, 1931, by Fargo. L. W. Campbell (1938: 93; 1940:83) has recorded a few individuals between mid-July and late September in the Toledo-Erie marsh area.

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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