A total of 261 species from the Michigan Bird List were reported in the Saginaw Bay Area this spring, the second highest total since the Birds in the SBA compilation was initiated. This report lists each of these species, along with the highest reported individual count(s) for each, and a list of the SBA counties in which each was noted. First dates are listed for species not recorded in the preceding February, and last dates for species that don’t remain into the summer. Overall, observer activity was reduced from last spring in terms of total number of contributors, but daily effort by these individuals was above average. Five new SBA peak counts were established, as well as five seasonal high counts, and three new SBA spring early dates. Five Michigan Review List species were reported with written details and/or photographs. Two former review species, Townsend’s Solitaire and Lark Sparrow were reported. Several observers commented that overall, migration lagged a week behind normal. GSP commented that he and others have noted a continuation of a downward trend in thrushes. The reporting rate for Louisiana Waterthrush was notably above average.
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