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 Wood Thrush

Status in Michigan
Common Transient summer resident

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Wood Thrush Archives Reports
Fall 2003 10
Spring 2003 58
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 12
Summer 2002 41
Spring 2002 58
Winter 01-02 0
Fall 2001 35
Summer 2001 31
Spring 2001 43
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 2
Summer 2000 29
Spring 2000 49
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 0
Spring/Summer 1999 7

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

Hylocichia mustelina (Gmelin)
Wood Thrush

Common summer resident in the Lower Peninsula (irregular in the northern counties); rare and local in the Upper Peninsula and on Isle Royale.

First recorded for Michigan by Sager (1839: 413).

SPRING.-First arrivals are recorded in the southern counties during the last few days of April or in early May, in the Upper Peninsula by the middle of May.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 192) gave April 28 (1932) as the earliest, May 2 as the average, date of arrival in the Toledo-Erie marsh area. At Ann Arbor individuals have usually been reported in late April or early May (occasionally earlier-1 was seen on April 14 in 1938 by L. D. Case) and larger numbers during the second week of May (6 on May 7 and May 10, 1939, reported by John L. George). N. A. Wood (1922: 34) in Berrien County and Walkinshaw in Calhoun County have recorded arrival in early May. F. W. Rapp (1931:33) recorded the species from the vicinity of Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, on April 18, 1926. G. A. Ammann observed it at the Prairie Farm, Alicia, Saginaw County, on May 9,1940, and D. W. Douglass saw it on Sand Point, Huron County, on May 9 and 11, 1932. A specimen (M.C.Z.) was collected at Cadillac, Wexford County, by Jonathan Dwight, May 14, 1888.

Upper Peninsula.-Bryens at McMillan, Luce County, recorded 1 "Wood Thrush on May 15 (in 1925 and 1929).

SUMMER.-Nesting is reported chiefly in the latter part of May and in June.

Lower Peninsula.-Swales recorded a number of nests from the vicinity of Detroit: on May 18, 1902, 3 nests with 1, 2, and 3 eggs, respectively; on June 2, 1901, several new nests without eggs, 4 nests with 4 eggs each, 4 nests with 3 eggs each, 4 nests with 1 egg each, and 1 nest with 3 young. John L. George reported a nest near Ann Arbor on June 27, 1940, with 3 young about ready to leave. The species was listed (N. A. Wood, 1922:34) as a common summer resident in Berrien County, and a nest with 3 eggs was found there on May 26. F. W. Rapp (1931: 33) has seen nests in the vicinity of Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, between May 18 (1902, nest with 3 eggs) and June 4 (1903, nest with 3 eggs). G. A. Ammann recorded a nest with 4 eggs at the Prairie Farm, Alicia, Saginaw County, on June 1, 1940. Chaney (1910: 278) saw and heard the species occasionally at Hamlin Lake, Mason County, and N. A. Wood and Frothingham (1905:53) listed it as common in Oscoda County, on July 4 and 15. It is apparently uncommon and local in Charlevoix County; R. H. Wolcott (Bar- rows, 1912: 708) reported it from the county, but neither Barrows nor Van Tyne (1925: 627) found it there. The species is irregular in Cheboygan County (Root, 1942: 113-14); it was reported from the vicinity of Douglas Lake in the county by N. A. Wood, Smith, and Gates (1916: 20) in 1911 and 1912; F. N. Blanchard (Root, 1942: 113-14) found a nest with 3 young there on July 4,1930; in 1941 0. S. Pettingill, Jr., found a nest with 1 young on July 2, and Root saw 4 adults there.

Upper Peninsula.-Bryens has recorded the Wood Thrush at McMillan,' Luce County, several times during summer months (June 10, 1933; July 15, 1929; and with Walkinshaw, on June 3, 2023). Van Tyne saw 1 and heard several in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, during the last week of June, 1936. A fledgling (U.M.M.Z.) was collected by A. Or. Ruthven at Brown Lake, Dickinson County, on July 8, 1909. John L. George and R. L. Patterson saw 4 Wood Thrushes at James Lake, near Elmwood, Iron County, July 21, 1938, and A. Murie reported seeing 1, on Isle Royale, June 13, 1930.

FALL.-General departure is reported during the first half of September, but stragglers are frequently found in late September and occasionally in October.

Upper Peninsula.-One definite fall record: a Wood Thrush seen by Bryens at McMillan, Luce County, on September 1, 1924.

Lower Peninsula.-Chancy (1910: 278) observed the species at Hamlin Lake, Mason County, until September 18, and F. W. Rapp (1931: 33) recorded it at Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, as late as September 7, 1928. At Kalamazoo, B. F. Sykes collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) on September 18, 1879, and N. A. Wood (1922: 34) found the species in Berrien County until the early part of September. A few specimens (U.M.M.Z.) have been taken in the vicinity of Ann Arbor the latter part of September: September 16, 1931, by J. Burzan; September 20, 1895, by D. C. Worcester; and September 21,1908, by T. Mast. Swales (1904: 42) found that usually even the stragglers had left the Detroit area by the first of October, although he recorded 3 Wood Thrushes there on October 19, 1902. L. W. Campbell (1940: 206) in the Toledo-Erie marsh area reported departure of the majority of the Wood Thrushes usually by the end of the first week in September.

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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