Birds of Berrien County, Michigan—2007
This  was an excellent year for finding birds in Berrien County. The species total for 2007 was 279, which is well above the 40-year average of 259.Two additional reports from 2007 also bear mentioning: (1) One to two individual Whooping Cranes from the eastern reintroduction project paused in northeastern Berrien County from April 1 to May 22 enroute to their “breeding” location in Wisconsin. (2) A banded Barn Owl found dead in Lincoln Township, the casualty of a car collision, was determined to have been a captive-reared bird that was released in Dupage County, Illinois, as part of a reintroduction effort.
Remarkably, four new species were added to the county list in 2007. Two Black-necked Stilts were discovered in early May and at least one Black Rail was located in mid-May. In the fall, a Sage Thrasher was observed and photographaed, as was a Say’s Phoebe. Other very notable sightings this year included Trumpeter Swan (3rd county record), Black Vulture (2nd county record), California Gull (10th county record), Chuck-will’s-widow (3rd county record), Rufous Hummingbird (5th county record), Painted Bunting (2nd county record), Red-necked Phalarope, LeConte’s Sparrow, Hoary Redpoll, and both Red and White-winged crossbills. Since the first Field Notes in 1962, 340 species have been accepted.
Additionally, three species were recorded prior to 1962. They are Greater Prairie-Chicken, Passenger Pigeon, and Kirtland’s Warbler. This brings the Berrien County total to 343 species, which are accepted by the Michigan Bird Records Committee.
Citation: Wuepper, Jon T (compiler), and Kip Miller (editor). 2008. Field Notes—Berrien County, Michigan: 2007. Field Notes of the Berrien Birding Club 41, 13 pp.