Recent eBird Sightings

Notice: Interesting eBird sightings for August 2018, September 2018 and October 2018 are available. Earlier reports are available on request from

During November the winter gulls, including Glaucous and Iceland, begin to invade the Great Lakes. Sea ducks, scoters and Long-tailed Ducks increase in numbers and winter on the lakes until they freeze over. Watch for those lingering sparrows and very late warblers, too. Winter visitors start arriving in good numbers including American Tree Sparrow, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs and Pine Siskins (all were already observed in Oct). If it is a good irruptive year, other winter finches such as redpolls, crossbills and others may make an appearance so keep your feeders clean and well-stocked. Watch for numbers of Rough-legged Hawks to increase and look for Golden Eagles at the Muskegon Wastewater. Snowy Owls may also show up in the area. After strong storms, be on the lookout for unusual species.

Allegan County (eBird link)

Douglas Beach Park
Surf Scoter 1 continuing Nov 11
White-winged Scoter 5 continuing Nov 11
Black Scoter 3 continuing Nov 19

Green Lake
Red-necked Grebe 1 Nov 10
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Nov 10

Kent County (eBird link)

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

Reeds Lake
Red-necked Grebe 1 continuing Nov 20

Private residence north of Rockford
Evening Grosbeak 1 Nov 11

Private residence in Rockford
Evening Grosbeak 1 Nov 12

Gerald R Ford Int’l Airport
Snowy Owl 1 Nov 18

Muskegon County (eBird link)

Muskegon Wastewater
Snowy Owl 1 Nov 18

Montague north of Maple Grove Yacht Club
American White Pelican 1 Nov 14

Pere Marquette Park
Purple Sandpiper 1 continuing Nov 20
-- initially reported Nov 18 by Daryl Bernard
Glaucous Gull 1 Nov 19

Ottawa County (eBird link)

Ottawa Sands County Park
-- Red-headed Woodpeckers can be reliably found at Ottawa Sands County Park

Lake Macatawa Chippewa Point
Surf Scoter continuing
Black Scoter continuing
-- both species of scoter have been continually reported since Nov 10

Hayes between 76th and 84th Aves
Rusty Blackbird 7 Nov 11

Private residence in Jenison
Evening Grosbeak 1 Nov 12

Harbor Island
American White Pelican 1 Nov 17

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.

Be on the lookout! Watch your feeders! Evening Gosbeaks have been seen in the area for the first time in decades. Four were observed at feeders at a residence near Hoffmaster SP Nov 1 and one at two different residences near Rockford Nov 11 and 12. Please take photos and post your findings to eBird if you see any at your feeders.

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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 County Sheriff at 616-632-6100.