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Rare Swallow in Michigan
(2008-05-02)
(wgvu) - MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Dozens of birdwatchers are in the
Marquette area, hoping for a glimpse of a violet green swallow.
The swallow was spotted last weekend along Marquette's Lower
Harbor by Skye Haas, a Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society board
member.
She tells WLUC-TV it's the first time the species has made a
documented appearance in Michigan.
Violet-green swallows normally inhabit the West Coast and Rocky
Mountain states and are almost never seen east of the Mississippi.
This bird might have been blown off course or followed a flock
of tree swallows migrating from Mexico.
The Mining Journal reports the sighting has attracted birders
from as far away as Houghton, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor and
Detroit.
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