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Point au Sable Bird Survey: May 12, 2010 by Erin Gnass

Despite how cold it was upon arriving at the Point, we found the forest and shoreline to be quite active with many new and exciting season’s first migrant bird species! We were incredibly fortunate to stumble upon some very interesting species:  Spotted Sandpiper (three different individuals around the Point), Blackpoll Warbler, American Redstart, Swainson’s Thrush, Wood Thrush, Chimney Swift, Cliff Swallow, and White-crowned Sparrow! Although much lower in numbers, Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers continue to forage and use the Point as they pass through the Green Bay-area and head north for the breeding season. House Wrens, Warbling Vireos, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Common Yellowthroats, Yellow Warblers, and Tree Swallows, however, were still quite abundant and observed at several different locations around the Point.

Observers:  Erin Gnass, Kari Hagenow, and Aaron Groves

Note:  Nick Walton will no longer be assisting with the Point au Sable surveys for the season because he has headed north for his summer field work searching for and monitoring the nests of the Great Lakes endemic, Kirtland’s Warbler! He will return later in the summer and fall to continue surveying the birds at the Point.

Some photographs, taken by me:

UWGB graduate student, Kari Hagenow

Blue Jay, curiously and inconspicuously arrived within five feet of Kari and me in this small shrub

Male Yellow Warbler