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 Winter Wren

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common Transient summer resident

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Winter Wren Archives Reports
Fall 2003 56
Spring 2003 34
Winter 02-03 18
Fall 2002 23
Summer 2002 1
Spring 2002 54
Winter 01-02 1
Fall 2001 21
Summer 2001 5
Spring 2001 38
Winter 00-01 3
Fall 2000 19
Summer 2000 3
Spring 2000 39
Winter 00-99 3
Fall 1999 3
Spring/Summer 1999 11

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Fall 1999-Spring 2002
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The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Troglodytes troglodytes hiemalis Vieillot
Eastern Winter Wren (A.O.U. 1998: Winter Wren)

Transient. Summer resident in the Upper Peninsula and in the Lower Peninsula, south rarely to Kent County and once to Jackson County. Re- ported in winter from Calhoun, Washtenaw, and Monroe counties.

First authoritatively recorded for Michigan by Sager (1839: 415).

SPRING.-Migration is mainly in April, but early arrivals are reported in the Lower Peninsula by the second week, and in the Upper Peninsula by the last week, of March.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 116, 192) has found this �wren in the Toledo-Erie marsh area from March 9 (1929) to May 23 (1926), but has noted it most commonly in April. It has been listed as a fairly abundant transient in the vicinity of Detroit (Swales, 1904: 41) and in the Ann Arbor region between the second week in March and the second week in May. It was seen occasionally in late April and early May in Berrien County by N. A. Wood (1922: 32) and reported in the vicinity of Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, from mid-April to early May by F. W. Rapp (1931: 31). Two specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were secured at Kalamazoo: 1 by B. F. Sykes, on March 28, 1879, and 1 by F. H. Chapin, on March 30, 1880. At Sand Point, Huron County, D. W. Douglass collected a specimen on April 10, 1933; he observed (1931 to 1933) 1 to 2 birds daily from mid-April to early May.

Upper Peninsula.-Brodkorb saw a Winter Wren at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, on May 8, 1936; Christofferson noted 1 at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, on March 22, 1938, and recorded 7 there on April 21, 1938. Arrival was recorded on Isle Royale by Laurence Dayton on April 18, in 1937.

SUMMER.-Nesting is reported in late June and July.

Lower Peninsula.-An adult male (U.M.M.Z.) was collected by Van Tyne at Grass Lake, Jackson County, on July 4, 1926; L. J. Cole noted this wren during the summer months in the vicinity of Grand Rapids (Bar- rows, 1912: 677), and a nest was found there by E. W. Durfee. Chaney (1910: 278) observed several pairs in western Mason County, and N. A. Wood and Frothingham (1905: 53) reported an individual near Roscommon, on July 1. In Charlevoix County, Van Tyne (1925: 626) heard the birds frequently in June and July; Barrows (1904: 81) also reported them singing on Beaver Island (same county) during the second week of July. A nest with 5 eggs was discovered at Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, on July 15, 1915, by N. A. Wood, Smith, and Gates (1916: 19-20).

Upper Peninsula.-Van Tyne (1923: 25) found the Winter Wren breeding on Les Cheneaux Islands, Mackinac County, and noted a nest with 5 eggs on Boot Island on July 22. In Chippewa County R. A. MacMullan collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) on Drummond Island, June 17, 1938, and at Whitefish Point, N. A. Wood (1914: 72) listed the Winter Wren as a common summer resident. Christofferson has frequently observed it at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, during the summer, and Van Tyne found singing males common in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, in the last week of June, 1936. The Winter Wren was seen and heard throughout July by F. M. Gaige (1914: 90) at Brown Lake, Dickinson County, and 1 was seen at Sidnaw, Houghton County, by Walkinshaw on June 28, 1933. N. A. Wood recorded the Winter Wren as a summer resident at Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County (1933: 731), and observed it on Isle Royale in May and the first half of June, 1930.

FALL.-The Winter Wren apparently migrates southward in September and October, leaving the Upper Peninsula by the third week of October and the south by the end of October or by early November.

Upper Peninsula.-Max M. Peet (1909: 380-81) noted this wren on Isle Royale until the middle of September, and N. A. Wood collected 2 (U.M.M.Z.) there in 1930: 1 on September 10, and 1 on September 19. Ira N. Gabrielson secured a specimen in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on September 23, 1936, and saw 2 others on September 26 at the same place. Gaige (1914: 90) recorded departure from Brown Lake, Dickinson County, by August 12; Christofferson has noted the species at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, generally until the middle of October, and Bryens found it at McMillan, Luce County, as late as October 26 (1935).

Lower Peninsula.-On Charity Island, Huron County, N. A. Wood (1911: 110) collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) : 1 on August 29 and 1 on September 13; he saw several Winter Wrens there daily between September 19 and October 8. One was seen in Keller Township, Berrien County, on October 15, 1938, by Q. A. Ammann, and 1 (U.M.M.Z.) was collected near Anderson, Livingston County, on November 7, 1935, by A. S. Hyde. Observers have reported the species in the Ann Arbor area from mid-September to late October, and Swales (1904: 41) noted it in the vicinity of Detroit at a similar time, recording 10 on September 30, 1906; 3 on October 21, 1906; and 1 on November 4, 1911. In the Toledo-Erie marsh area L. W. Campbell (1940: 192) has recorded the species from mid-September to early November, and, in 1934, on December 9.

WINTER.-Walkinshaw saw 1 in Convis Township, Calhoun County, on January 1, 1936, and N. A. Wood recorded 1 at Ann Arbor on December 30,1923. L. W. Campbell collected 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) in Erie Town- ship, Monroe County: 1 on December 25, 1936, and 1 on January 23, 1937.

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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