Recent eBird Sightings

Notice: Interesting eBird sightings for October 2018, November 2018 and December 2018 are available. Earlier reports are available on request from

In January, much like December, huge rafts of diving ducks (Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, Long-tailed Ducks and others) and a few scoter species will continue to winter along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Check out the rafts of goldeneye; an adult male Barrow’s Goldeneye was found by Rick Brigham last month at the Douglas Beach Park/Lakeshore Dr guardrail area (just south of Douglas Beach Park). This area is always a great wintering ground for waterfowl, so you never know what may show up. Watch for Glaucous and Iceland gulls; both were reported at various locations last month. Snowy Owls will continue to be seen in the area. See recent locations below. If you weren’t already aware, this is an irruptive year for Common Redpolls and Pine Siskins. Over 400 (probably many more) redpolls have been reported at times at Muskegon Wastewater and siskins are well-represented (I have at least 30 coming to my feeders daily in NW Grand Rapids) throughout the area.

At least one Snowy Owl has been observed at these locations: Allegan Co: one along Lincoln Rd (M-40) N of 140th Ave Kent Co: Gerald R Ford Int’l Airport Muskegon Co: Cline Rd and Ensley Rd, Muskegon Wastewater (up to five), Moorland Rd S of Heights-Ravenna Rd, 2 at Pere Marquette Park/Muskegon State Park area Ottawa Co: Grand Haven State Park, 128th Ave and Bingham St area, sitting on scoreboard at Grand Haven High School, one along Perry St W of 68th Ave, one at Coopersville/Garfield farmland W of 68th Ave, two at Zeeland Executive Airport off Byron Rd.

Allegan County (eBird link)

Lakeshore Dr guardrail
Surf, Black and White-winged Scoters observed at this location
Harlequin Duck 1 Jan 12

Douglas Beach Park
Surf, Black and White-winged Scoters observed at this location

Kent County (eBird link)

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South Kent Landfill
Iceland Gull 2 continuing Jan 11
Glaucous Gull 1 continuing Jan 17

Muskegon County (eBird link)

Muskegon Wastewater
Glaucous Gull 1 continuing Jan 14
Iceland Gull 1 Jan 14
Killdeer 1 Jan 14

Ottawa County (eBird link)

Holland SP/Lake Macatawa W end
Harlequin Duck 1 continuing Jan 17

Harbor Island
Northern Shrike 1 continuing Jan 17

Grand Haven north pier
Glaucous Gull 1 continuing Jan 14

Sighting Information

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