Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Whitefish Point Vagrants

We've had a recent surge of vagrants to Whitefish Point.  Within the last week Hepatic Tanager (1st state record), Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Cave Swallow have all been seen.  And, the point is an area less than one square mile; it's pretty unbelievable.  Other rarities this season include 4 Western Kingbirds, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Lark Bunting, 3 Townsend's Solitaires, at least 3 Harris's Sparrows, and Common Ground-Dove.

As I am the waterbird counter, I should mention some waterbirds.  The highlights have been Pomarine Jaeger, Arctic Tern, Black-legged Kittiwake, and Pacific Loon.  Now, if only the next couple weeks can produce an eider or alcid.

The first Michigan record, Hepatic Tanager
A tail-less Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
-Eric

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