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Checklist S40246883

 
Location
Whitefish Point, Chippewa County, Michigan, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:15 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
2 hour(s)
Distance:
0.5 mile(s)
Observers:
Matthew Young
Species
16 species (+1 other taxa) total
376
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4
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2
4
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4
23
4
Spizella sp./American Tree Sparrow
2
2
1

Seen well along boardwalk at 15ft on way out to waterfowl shack for a few minutes. Medium sized blackbird, no epaulette marking like in Red-wings, much shorter bill and tail than Grackle, even female grackles, pretty much size of Rusty but no rusty plumage and it had a dark eye, short slender bill, more slender than more conical shaped cowbird -- dark eye presumably points to a female Brewer's Blackbird, which I asked Eric and Chris about when I said don't some female brewer's have "dark eyes". Color was similar to cowbird, so no sheen, but bill much more slander than Cowbird. Seen again much more briefly two days later when it flew into Jack Pine next to the shipwreck museum. I was carrying recording gear and scope, so no pics. Tried to talk myself out of the ID several times, but had ample time and great looks to systematically eliminate all the other possible blackbird species.....and I kept coming back to Rusty-Brewer type, but it had no Rusty plumage and the eye was dark......wasn't until later that evening when I looked at Sibley that I was able to confirm that most female Brewer's have a dark, which is what I thought I remembered. Have seen lots of Brewer's out west.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 1
Sex Unknown
1
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes