Recent eBird Sightings

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September is considered the peak of migration in general. Migration for many groups of birds is in full swing. Rarities and vagrants tend to pop up this month spicing up your search for shorebirds, vireos, thrushes and fall warblers. Along with raptors, watch for migrating Blue Jays along the lakeshore. (Yes, they do migrate – the Blue Jays you see at your feeder in the winter are generally not the same guys you fed during the summer.) Sometimes hundreds can be counted in an hour or less. Although most Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have left the area by the end of September, leave your feeder out a couple of weeks longer after you’ve seen the last one to help out the stragglers. Who knows, if you have the patience to keep making food and leave your feeder up long enough (bring it inside if night temperatures dip below freezing), you may pick up a vagrant Rufous or Allen’s hummingbird. Both have been seen in Michigan in late fall. And, keep your regular feeders cleaned and filled. You never know what might appear! As always, and especially during the migration period, be vigilant for rarities and downed migrants after the passage of storm fronts or foggy conditions.

Allegan County (eBird link)

Kalamazoo River mouth
Ruddy Turnstone 1 continuing Sep 18
American Avocet 6 Sep 23

Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area
Ruddy Turnstone 1 Sep 18
Baird’s Sandpiper 1 Sep 18

Saugatuck Dunes State Park
Ruddy Turnstone 2 Sep 24
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Sep 24

Kent County (eBird link)

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Caledonia Sewage Ponds
Mourning Warbler 1 Sep 24

Muskegon County (eBird link)

Muskegon Wastewater
Baird’s Sandpiper 3 continuing Sep 23 (photo)
Stilt Sandpiper 1 continuing Sep 23 (photo)
Eared Grebe 1 continuing Sep 15
White-rumped Sandpiper 1 Sep 15
American Golden-Plover 5 continuing Sep 24
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 Sep 24
Snow Goose 3 Sep 21
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Sep 22

Ottawa County (eBird link)

Holland State Park
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 continuing Sep 23 (photo)
Ruddy Turnstone 1 continuing Sep 24
Black-bellied Plover 3 Sep 19

Grand Haven State Park (north pier)
Ruddy Turnstone 4 continuing Sep 23 (photo)
Red Knot 1 continuing Sep 15 (photo)

VanBragt Park
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 continuing Sep 18

Upper Macatawa Natural Area
Clay-colored Sparrow 1 Sep 19

AAA Turf Farm
American Golden-Plover 1 Sep 23

Sighting Information

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

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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.

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Doug Klein did some birding at Maher Sanctuary the morning of September 9 and ran into a small wave of birds that included Red and White-breasted nuthatches, titmice and chickadees, a Wilson’s Warbler, two Red-eyed Vireos, a pair of Black and White Warblers, three or four redstarts and a Bay-breasted Warbler. The Wilson’s was new for the eBird list for Maher, bringing the sanctuary total up to 121 species. He also had an immature Red-headed Woodpecker.