Bird Sightings

Recent eBird Sightings

Notice: Interesting eBird sightings for May 2018, June 2018 and July 2018 are available. Beginning in January 2018, the monthly eBird summary will only include the very unusual and rare sightings. Earlier reports are available on request from

Southbound shorebirds start arriving in increased numbers this month. Good numbers of adult Spotted, Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers and Lesser Yellowlegs already started arriving during the last half of July. Migrating Bonaparte’s Gulls also made an appearance. Swallows build in numbers, into the thousands at times, through the month in preparation for migration. This spectacle can already be readily observed at the Muskegon Wastewater. The migrant fall warblers, as well as thrushes and other passerines, begin to pass through our area later in the month. Some early waterfowl and raptor movement is also possible. As always, watch for downed migrants and unusual species after the passage of stormy frontal systems.

Allegan County (eBird link)

14th St N of 135th Ave
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2 Aug 16

Kent County (eBird link)

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Caledonia Sewage Ponds
Short-billed Dowitcher 2 continuing Aug 5

Muskegon County (eBird link)

Muskegon Wastewater
Baird’s Sandpiper 3 continuing Aug 15
Black-bellied Plover 1 Aug 14
American Golden-Plover 1 Aug 7
Wilson’s Phalarope 1 Aug 11
Dickcissel 34 continuing Aug 11

Ottawa County (eBird link)

Holland State Park
Ruddy Turnstone 2 Aug 7
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 continuing Aug 15

VanBragt Park
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2 continuing Aug 11

Upper Macatawa Natural Area, 84th Ave access
Least Bittern 1 continuing Aug 8
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Aug 11

Sighting Information

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Peregrine Falcon sightings in downtown Grand Rapids should be reported to Elaine Kampmueller at

A new "Hall of Fame" of rare bird sightings from Allegan, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties is now available. Click here to view the new page.

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Interested in bird migration forecasts? When, where, and how far birds migrate? Bird Cast will answer these questions for the first time.

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Click here for information on access to the Caledonia Sewage Ponds. Reminder: If you see anything suspicious while visiting the CSP please contact site manager Aaron Zimmerman at 616-638-5636 or If immediate response is required call the Kent Count Sheriff at 616-632-6100.