Recent eBird Sightings
Notice: Interesting eBird sightings for December 2017, January 2018 and February 2018 are available. Beginning in January 2018, the monthly website eBird summary will only include the very unusual and rare sightings. Earlier reports are available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org.
March is a month of transition. Depending upon weather conditions, it can exhibit characteristics of both winter and spring. Most likely due to the mild conditions some typical early March migrants arrived in February. Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles had already returned around the 20th of February (by the 22nd both were being reported everywhere) as well as Killdeer. Sandhill Crane movement and Turkey Vultures were reported around the same time. First reports of American Woodcocks in Kent County were on February 27. Waterfowl and some raptor migration typically begins in early March. Later in the month Wilson’s Snipe, Tree Swallow, Rusty Blackbird and Eastern Phoebe arrive along with the possibility of early shorebirds. Winter visitors can linger into mid-April or later, again depending upon weather conditions and the urge to return to northern breeding grounds. Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks and Pine Siskins have been known to linger into early May.
Allegan County (eBird link)
Snowy Owls have recently been observed at these locations: three at West Michigan Regional Airport, one at the 140th Ave/M-40 area, one at 147th Ave and 38th St, one at 142nd Ave E of 44th St, one along 122nd Ave W of 2nd St, one along 23rd St S of 118th Ave, one along 40th St N of 144th Ave, one at 144th Ave and 14th St. Check the Allegan County eBird link for the latest Snowy Owl reports.
116th Ave and 8th St wetland
Cackling Goose 18 continuing Mar 20
Kent County (eBird link)
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Snowy Owls have recently been observed at these locations: two at Kraft Ave access Gerald R Ford Int’l Airport, one along Gateway Dr Gerald R Ford Int’l Airport, one at US-131/M-6 Interchange, one along Baumhoff Ave NW N of 6-Mile Rd, one on roof of building under construction next to WOOD-TV studio on College NE Mar 8 (reported w/video on WOOD-TV), one at M-6 and Broadmoor SE, one at Grand River and I-196 downtown Grand Rapids. Check the Kent County eBird link for the latest Snowy Owl reports.
Muskegon County (eBird link)
Snowy Owls have recently been observed at these locations: up to six at the Muskegon Wastewater System, one at the S Moorland Rd/Cline Rd area. Check the Muskegon County eBird link for the latest Snowy Owl reports.
Glaucous Gull 1 Mar 12
S Swanson Rd potholes
Greater White-fronted Goose 5 continuing Mar 17
Wood and Judson Rds
Northern Shrike 1 Mar 18
Ottawa County (eBird link)
Snowy Owls have recently been observed at these locations: five at the 128th Ave/Bingham St area, two at the Coopersville/Garfield farmland area E of 68th Ave, one at the Coopersville/Garfield farmland area W of 68th Ave, one at Byron Rd and 56th Ave, two at the Randall St/State Rd/Jon’s Towing area, one at the Port Sheldon Rd/80th Ave area, two at Holland State Park, two along Adams St W of 56th Ave, two at Grand Haven State Park, two along 72nd between Cleveland and Taft Sts, one along 116th Ave N of New Holland St, one at Byron Rd and 32nd Ave, one at Port Sheldon St between 124th and 128th Ave, one at 120th Ave and Van Buren St. Check the Ottawa County eBird link for the latest Snowy Owl reports.
Coopersville Sewage Ponds
Cackling Goose 3 Mar 15
Blueberry fields along Palm Dr
Northern Shrike 1 continuing Mar 24
Holland State Park
Glaucous Gull 1 Mar 22