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 Yellow-rumped Warbler

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Fairly Common Transient summer resident

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Yellow-rumped Warbler Archives Reports
Fall 2003 125
Spring 2003 780
Winter 02-03 33
Fall 2002 311
Summer 2002 6
Spring 2002 905
Winter 01-02 18
Fall 2001 559
Summer 2001 42
Spring 2001 333
Winter 00-01 74
Fall 2000 107
Summer 2000 9
Spring 2000 260
Winter 00-99 11
Fall 1999 169
Spring/Summer 1999 29

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Dendroica coronata (Linnaeus) Myrtle Warbler

Common transient. Summer resident south to Crawford County. Winter records from Kalamazoo and Monroe counties.

First listed for Michigan by Sager (1839: 414) : " Sylvicola coronata."

SPRING.-Arrival is reported in the Lower Peninsula by the second week of April and in the north by the middle of the month.

Lower Peninsula.-L. W. Campbell (1940: 207) noted main flight in the Toledo-Erie marsh area from April 23 to May 17 (average dates). In the Detroit area, Swales recorded main flight in early May; he noted 15 Myrtle Warblers on May 2, 20 on May 7, and 30 on May 10 in 1907; and he recorded 1 as late as May 19 the same year. On April 10, 1934, L. D. Case and R. E. Olsen saw 5 near Ann Arbor, where N. A. Wood had recorded 5 as late as June 7 in 1907. Gibbs (1885: 39) noted arrival in Kalamazoo County between April 16 and 28 and departure in late May; N. A. Wood (1922: 27) listed the species as a common transient in Berrien County from May 6 to 29 (1917 to 1920). On Sand Point, Huron County, D. W. Douglass observed 4 to 8 of these warblers a day during the second and third weeks in May (1931 to 1933), and N. A. Wood saw them on Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, on May 2 (1929).

Upper Peninsula.-Christofferson has recorded the species at Blaney, Schoolcraft County, by mid-April but has not found it in considerable numbers until the last of the month or until early May; he recorded 15 on April 30, 1941; 50 on May 12, 1939; and 50 on May 16, 1937. Brodkorb noted it as common on Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, from May 8 to 23, 1936, and S. S. Gregory, Jr. (1929: 185), found it in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, on May 5. Arrival was noted at Copper Harbor, Keweenaw County, on May 9, and flocks were observed there the rest of the month (N. A. Wood, 1933: 729); on Isle Royale this warbler was noted on May 4,1930, by N. A. Wood, and on May 8 and 9,1937, by Laurence Dayton.

SUMMER.-The species nests in Michigan from June to the latter part of July or early August.

Lower Peninsula.-Although Swales (1891: 148-49; 1893: 79) reported that he found a nest of this warbler in Wayne County on June 1, 1889, in his later notes (U.M.M.Z.) he stated that this nest "was of course not the nest of Dendroiea coronata." Walkinshaw observed a pair of adults feeding 4 fledglings near Red Oak, Oscoda County, on July 20, 1932; in the vicinity of Lovells, Crawford County, the species was found breeding by Leonard Wing (1933:71-72) and other observers, and young were collected (U.M.M.Z.) July 5 to August 7 (1930 to 1931). T. D. Hinshaw and R. E. Morrill, collected several specimens (U.M.M.Z.) from June 12 to July 22, on Beaver Island, Charlevoix County, in 1937. Blanchard and Nelson (MS of 1937) recorded several nests in the Douglas Lake area, Cheboygan County (nest with 4 eggs, July 4; nest with 4 small young, August 11).

Upper Peninsula.-Near Hessel, Mackinac County, J. Van Tyne (1924:169) found a nest on June 19 with 1 Cowbird egg and 1 egg of this warbler, and a second nest on June 23 with 4 well-incubated eggs. N. A. Wood saw young on July 9, 1914, on Whitefish Point, Chippewa County (1914:70), and adults and young on July 24, 1916, at Whitefish Lake, Alger County (1918: 13 ). F. M. Gaige (1914: 88) collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) on July 19, 1909, in Dickinson County; Van Tyne observed the species commonly in the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, in late June, 1936; and in the Porcupine Mountains, Ontonagon County, N. A. Wood, Peet, and McCreary (1906: 118) noted adults and young on July 16, 1903. N. A. Wood reported this warbler as common on Isle Royale in June, 1930, and Max M. Peet (1909: 374-75) listed several nests found on the island in 1905:1 nest with 4 well-feathered young on July 7; 2 nests with young on July 21; 1 nest with 3 small young on July 27.

FALL.-The fall migration extends from September to mid-October or occasionally later in the southern counties.

Upper Peninsula.-Max M. Peet (1909a: 117) recorded departure from Isle Royale by September 12, in 1905, but in 1929 N. A. Wood found the species there until October 2. In the Huron Mountains, Marquette County, Ira N. Gabrielson observed "thousands" on September 24,1936; S. S. Gregory, Jr., collected a specimen there as late as October 25 (1938). Fargo re- ported the species at Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, from August 15 to September 7, 1925. Christofferson has recorded considerable numbers in September and October at Blaney, Schoolcraft County: 25 on September 14, 1938; 50 on September 20 and 26, 1937; 50 on October 20, and 25 on October 24, 1940.

Lower Peninsula.-This warbler was seen occasionally in Crawford County on September 6 by N. A. Wood and Frothingham (1905: 52). N. A. Wood (1911: 106) saw thousands on October 6, 1910, on Charity Island, though he had seen only a few before this date, and observed only 10 the following day. Gibbs (1885: 39) recorded transients in Kalamazoo County from September 20 to November 1, and L. D. Case collected 2 (U.M.M.Z.) near Homer, Calhoun County, on October 17, 1937. The species is reported in the Ann Arbor region from mid-September to late October (specimen in U.M.M.Z. collected October 25, 1905, by J. J. Ricks) and occasionally in November (reported November 16, 1934, by Walter E. Hastings, and November 20, 1930, by R. E. Olsen). J. Claire "Wood (1906:23) found two or three hundred daily in the Detroit area between October 1 and 15 and saw a flock of 25 on November 25. L. W. Campbell (1940:143, 207) recorded 250 near North Cape, Monroe County, on October 3, 1934, and gave September 26 to October 28 as the average period of main flight in the Toledo-Erie marsh area.

WINTER.-Pirnie (1940a; 18) observed a Myrtle Warbler at the W. K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in northeastern Kalamazoo County on December 24, 1939; and in the Toledo-Erie marsh area, L. W. Campbell (1940:142-43) has found the species during the winter months, noting one on January 3, 1932, another December 18, 1932, and one on several occasions during the last 2 weeks in December, 1939.

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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