Recent eBird Sightings

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

This month is considered the peak of migration in general. Shorebird (although species and numbers usually diminish considerably by late month), warbler and other passerines peak this month. Waterfowl and raptor migration picks up significantly. Look for those unusual gulls to start showing up along the lakeshore and at Muskegon Wastewater. Blue Jay migration (yes, Blue Jays do migrate – the jays at your feeder in the winter are usually not the same ones you have in the summer) along the lakeshore can be spectacular mid- to late September. Sometimes thousands can be seen each day and at dune hawk watch sites. Inland, you may notice an increase of jays at your feeder. Leave your hummingbird feeder up for two weeks after you see the last one to aid late migrants. It is a myth that leaving your feeder out will stop them from migrating. This is a great month for the rarities and vagrants – as always, be vigilant after the passage of strong storm fronts (and foggy conditions, especially along the lakeshore) for fallout.

Allegan County (eBird link)

Private residence along 21st St S of 116th Ave
Connecticut Warbler 1 Sept 17
Rusty Blackbird 2 Sept 17

3rd St S of 118th Ave
American Golden-Plover 4 Sep 17

Pelagic trip on Lk MI 5 mi west of Kalamazoo River mouth
Sabine’s Gull 1 Sep 17
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Sep 17

Kent County (eBird link)

Follow the Peregrine Falcons in downtown Grand Rapids by clicking here.

Caledonia Sewage Ponds
American Golden-Plover 1 continuing Sep 17
-- first seen by Clinton Boyd Sep 9
Long-billed Dowitcher 1 continuing Sep 17 (photo)
Black-bellied Plover 1 Sep 20

Downtown Grand Rapids
Peregrine Falcon 1 Sept 16

Huff Park
Common Raven 1 Sep 18

Muskegon County (eBird link)

Muskegon Wastewater System
-- Common Ravens: have become residents at this location
Short-billed Dowitcher 1 continuing Sep 14
Baird’s Sandpiper 1 continuing Sep 21
American Golden-Plover 2 continuing Sep 23
Black-bellied Plover 4 continuing Sep 23
Horned Grebe 1 continuing Sep 14
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 continuing Sep 16
Peregrine Falcon 1 continuing Sep 16
Bobolink 100 (low est) Sep 16
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Sep 14
White-rumped Sandpiper 2 continuing Sep 21
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 2 Sep 15
Long-billed Dowitcher 1 Sep 16
Stilt Sandpiper 3 continuing Sep 21

Hoffmaster SP
American Bittern 1 Sep 15

Winnetaska Rd cormorant nesting/roost island
American White Pelican 1 Sept 22

Ottawa County (eBird link)

Coopersville Sewage Ponds
Stilt Sandpiper 1 continuing Sep 16

AAA Turf Farm
American Golden-Plover 7 continuing Sep 18
American Pipit 4 Sep 18

Holland State Park
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 continuing Sep 20
Black-bellied Plover 1 Sep 19
Stilt Sandpiper 1 Sep 19

VanBragt Park
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 continuing Sep 23

Grand Haven north pier
Black-bellied Plover 1 Sep 22
-- bird observed sitting on south pier

East Grand River Park
Common Gallinule 3 Sep 23

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.

Caledonia Sewage Ponds

All visiting birders to the CSP must park outside the first gate and walk in. Park alongside M-37, as far out of the way as you can. There are 3 total gates. Leave each of them in exactly the condition you find them in (ie. closed vs open), as there are often farm animals inside that will get out. If you drive past the first gate, and an employee leaves, you may find yourself locked inside. Most importantly: do not drive into this facility. Numerous birders have done this over the years, and if an employee sees this, they may deny access for all birders.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Interesting Bird Articles:

1) Citizen Science Reveals Annual Bird Migrations Across Continents