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 Yellow Warbler

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Common Transient summer resident

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Dendroica petechia aestiva (Gmelin)
Eastern Yellow Warbler

Summer resident, common in the south, less common in the north; absent from Isle Royale.

First recorded for Michigan by Fox (1853: 161).

SPRING.-The Yellow Warbler appears in the southern counties during the last few days of April or in early May and reaches the Upper Peninsula after mid-May.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 141) estimated 1500 Yellow Warblers on North Cape, Monroe County, May 9, 1936. Swales (1904: 39) regularly noted arrival in the Detroit area during the last few days of April. A. D. Tinker reported an individual in the Ann Arbor region on April 20 in 1916, and there are a few other early reports; the species is most common there during the first half of May (15 seen May 8, 1938, by John L. George). N. A. Wood collected a series of specimens (U.M.M.Z.) between May 6 and 31 in Berrien County, where it was one of the most common birds of the region. Arrival has been recorded in Calhoun County during the years 1930 to 1940 in the last 3 days of April (Walkinshaw) ; in the vicinity of Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, on April 21 (in 1925 by F. W. Rapp, 1931: 28); at the Prairie Farm, Alicia, Saginaw County, on April 30 (in 1940 by G. A. Ammann). D. W. Douglass saw a few birds every year, 1931 to 1933, on Sand Point, Huron County, between mid-May and the last of the month.

Upper Peninsula.-Bryens noted the Yellow Warbler at McMillan, Luce County, about May 20 or later; and Brodkorb found it common at Seney, Schoolcraft County, between June 2 and 11, 1936. N. A. Wood (1918: 13) saw 2 individuals at Whitefish Lake, Alger County, on May 25, 1916, and listed the species as a common migrant in the vicinity of Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County, where he (1933: 729) recorded its arrival on May 19.

SUMMER.-Nesting records extend from the second week in May to the latter part of June.

Lower Peninsula.-Swales (1904: 39) listed the Yellow Warbler as an abundant summer resident in the Detroit region. Nests have been found in the Ann Arbor area from the middle of May (nest with 3 eggs, May 15, 1936, Van Tyne and L. D. Case) to mid-June (nest under construction June 16, 1931, H. W. Hann). F. W. Rapp (1931: 28) found nests from May 11 (1896) to June 17 (1901) in the vicinity of Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County. G. A. Ammann observed a pair building a nest on the Prairie Farm, Alicia, Saginaw County, May 10 to 14, 1940, and N. A. Wood and Gaige (1911:298-99) found the species breeding in northwestern Huron County, where they collected a number of immatures (U.M.M.Z.) in late July. Although Van Tyne (1925: 625) saw the Yellow Warbler only once (July 21) in Charlevoix County during the summer of 1923, Barrows (1904: 81) had found it abundant on Beaver Island in the same county from July 8 to 13, 1904. Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) listed several nests from the vicinity of Douglas Lake, Cheboygan County, 1 on June 24 with 3 warbler eggs and 1 Cowbird egg.

Upper Peninsula.-On Drummond Island, Chippewa County, T. D. Hinshaw and R. A. MacMullan observed a nest from June 17 to 22 in 1938, and N. A. Wood (1914: 70) reported fledglings on August 8, 1914, at White- fish Point, in the same county. Van Tyne (1923: 24) listed the Yellow Warbler as a common breeder on Les Cheneaux Islands, Mackinaw County, but in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, S. S. Gregory, Jr. (1929:185) , found it uncommon.

FALL.-Southward migration apparently occurs between mid-August and mid-September.

Upper Peninsula.-Bryens noted the species at McMillan, Luce County, as late as September 2 (in 1934) and September 15 (in 1929). There seem to be no other definite fall data for the Upper Peninsula.

Lower Peninsula.-N. A. Wood, Smith, and Gates (1916: 17-18) listed the Yellow Warbler in the Douglas Lake region, Cheboygan County, on August 12, 1912, and on August 14, 1915. In northwestern Huron County, N. A. Wood and Gaige (1911: 298-99) recorded the species as common in early August and absent after August 13. The latest date of departure from Kalamazoo County was given as August 20 by F. W. Rapp (1931: 28) and as September 20 by Gibbs (1885: 39). Swales (1904: 39) noted that most of the Yellow Warblers had left the Detroit area by the first of September, and L. W. Campbell (1940: 194, 207) recorded the species as late as September 15 (1935) in the Toledo-Erie marsh region, but gave August 20 as the average date of departure.

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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