Recent eBird Sightings

Notice: Interesting eBird sightings for February 2017, March 2017 and April 2017 are available. An eBird summary will be available each month on the website. Earlier reports are available on request from

May brings the peak of shorebird migration with both an increase in species and individual numbers. Eighteen species were already seen in April, the bulk at the Muskegon Wastewater. Neotropical migrants return full force through about mid-month with late-migrating warblers showing up the latter part of the period. Depending upon weather conditions , these dates could easily shift somewhat. Thrushes and flycatchers will also be on the increase this month. Be particularly vigilant for migrant fallout after the passage of storm fronts or foggy conditions. Hundreds of birds (especially those nocturnal migrants) can hunker down in place to avoid inclement weather and forage for food, particularly along the lakeshore. Click here For a great overview of what to expect during Michigan’s spring migration.

Allegan County (eBird link)

Allegan State Game Area, Todd Farm
Dickcissel 3 continuing May 21
Bobolink 41 May 17

Allegan State Game Area, Todd Farm 120th Ave E of 62nd St
Western Kingbird 1 May 16 (photo)

Allegan State Game Area 116th Ave to Swan Creek Pond
Worm-eating Warbler 2 continuing in same general area May 20
Hooded Warbler 2 continuing May 25

Allegan State Game Area, Ely Lake Campground
Cerulean Warbler 1 May 18

Allegan State Game Area, Highbanks Unit
Cerulean Warbler 1 May 22

Allegan State Game Area, Swan Creek, 118th Ave to Highbanks Unit
Hooded Warbler 2 May 22

120th Ave potholes
Wilson’s Phalarope 1 May 19
White-rumped Sandpiper 1 May 21
Ruddy Turnstone 3 May 23

Kent County (eBird link)

Follow the Peregrine Falcons in downtown Grand Rapids by clicking here. Two active Peregrine Falcon nests have been confirmed in downtown Grand Rapids – one on the Courthouse and another in the nest box atop GVSU’s Eberhard Center (webcam here).

Incredible warbler (17 species with great numbers) and other migrant fallout at Cascade Peace Park on May 16. Click here for Caleb Putnam and Rob Emelander’s checklist of 53 species.

Baker Ave Coldwater River Sanctuary
Cerulean Warbler 3 continuing May 21

Cannonsburg State Game Area
Hooded Warbler 1 continuing May 17

Cascade Peace Park
Common Raven 1 May 15
Hooded Warbler 2 May 17

Huff Park
Cerulean Warbler 1 May 16
Golden-winged Warbler 1 continuing May 18

Seidman Park, North Loop
Hooded Warbler 1 May 20

Reeds Lake
Black Tern 2 May 21

Paul Henry Trail between 52nd St and Wing SE
Connecticut Warbler 1 May 26

Muskegon County (eBird link)

Lizzy Kibbey spent another great morning birding at the Wastewater on May 14. She tallied 80 species topping her effort on May 12 by four species, including 15 shorebird species. Click here to view entire checklist

Muskegon Wastewater System
Eared Grebe 1 continuing May 21
Stilt Sandpiper 2 continuing May 15
White-rumped Sandpiper 4 continuing May 25
Short-billed Dowitcher 1 continuing May 25
Wilson’s Phalarope 1 continuing May 18
Black-bellied Plover 1 continuing May 21 (photo)
Franklin’s Gull 1 continuing May 22
Semipalmated Plover 30 May 18
American White Pelican 3 continuing May 21
Red-necked Phalarope 1 May 21 (photo)
American Golden-Plover 1 May 22

Muskegon State Game Area, Headquarters
Hooded Warbler 1 May 20
Cerulean Warbler 1 May 20

Muskegon State Park, Snug Harbor
Golden-winged Warbler 2 May 15

Muskegon State Park beach
Piping Plover 2 continuing (photo)
Black-bellied Plover 2 May 15
Ruddy Turnstone 1 May 15

Irwin Dr
Lawrence’s Warbler 1 continuing May 15 (photo)
Brewster’s Warbler 1 May 15 (photo) -- Golden x Blue-winged hybrid

Tyler Farm
Clay-colored Sparrow 1 May 15

Grand Trunk Launch Ramp
Least Bittern 1 May 20

Meinert Park
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 May 24

Covell Park
Least Bittern 1 May 25

Ottawa County (eBird link)

Grand Haven Board of Power and Light (Harbor Island)
-- Peregrine Falcons have four chicks in the nest box (link here)

Riley Trails Park
Hooded Warbler 1 continuing May 16
Connecticut Warbler 1 May 16

Aman Park
Cerulean Warbler 1 May 12

East Grand River Park
Golden-winged Warbler 1 May 15
Least Bittern 1 May 26

Least Bittern 1 May 25
Franklin’s Gull 1 May 25
Common Gallinule 1 continuing May 25

Coopersville Sewage Ponds
Short-billed Dowitcher 2 May 19
Black Tern 3 May 20

Grand Haven State Game Area, Bruce Bayou, 129th St
Least Bittern 1 May 21 (photo)
Common Gallinule 6 May 21

Grand Haven SGA Bruce Bayou – Cypress St
American Bittern 2 May 21
Least Bittern 1 May 21
Common Gallinule 3 May 21

Kirk Park
Hooded Warbler 1 May 15

Upper Macatawa Natural Area
Mourning Warbler 1 May 16

Grand Haven north pier
Ruddy Turnstone 3 May 19
Short-billed Dowitcher 2 May 19
Forster’s Tern 2 May 19

Holland State Park
Ruddy Turnstone 2 May 20
Forster’s Tern 3 May 20
Franklin’s Gull 1 May 25

Grand River Park
Northern Mockingbird 1 May 24

Sighting Information

Monthly bird sightings may be E-mailed to our Bird Report Chairman, Carol VanOeveren, at

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.

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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Interesting Bird Articles:

1) Citizen Science Reveals Annual Bird Migrations Across Continents