Recent eBird Sightings

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

By November, winter visitors have already invaded the area - Rough-legged Hawks, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Dark-eyed Juncos, American Tree Sparrows and Pine Siskins arrived last month. Watch for Glaucous and Iceland gulls along the lakeshore and at inland locations like the Muskegon Wastewater and landfills. Increased numbers of scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, scaup and mergansers will move through or stay until lakes freeze. Rafts should start being seen along the Lake Michigan shoreline along with loon and grebe species. Muskegon Wastewater usually hosts Snowy Owls and Golden Eagles during the winter, so keep an eye out for their arrival. As always, watch for unusual or rare species after the passage of strong storm fronts.

Allegan County (eBird link)

Allegan State Game Area, Todd Farm
Short-eared Owl 1 continuing Nov 16

Douglas Beach Park
Black Scoter 60 continuing Nov 19

Private residence in Douglas
Dark-eyed Junco Oregon race Nov 19

Kent County (eBird link)

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

Gerald R Ford Int’l Airport
Snowy Owl 1 Nov 13

Muskegon County (eBird link)

Muskegon Wastewater System
-- Common Ravens: have become residents at this location
Eared Grebe 1 continuing Nov 12
Snow Bunting 270 Nov 21
Snowy Owl 3 continuing Nov 21
Long-tailed Duck 2 continuing Nov 17
Peregrine Falcon 2 continuing Nov 12
Short-eared Owl 1 Nov 20

Muskegon Lake channel
Red-necked Grebe 1 continuing Nov 18 (photo)
Snowy Owl 1 continuing Nov 18
Long-tailed Duck 500 Nov 18

Pere Marquette Park
Long-tailed Duck 12 Nov 18

Ottawa County (eBird link)

Holland State Park
Red-throated Loon 1 Nov 14
Purple Sandpiper 1 continuing Nov 20 (photo)
Harlequin Duck 1 female Nov 21

Macatawa S break wall (opposite Holland SP)
Harlequin Duck 1 female Nov 13
Purple Sandpiper 1 Nov 13

Coopersville Goose Field
Cackling Goose 2 continuing Nov 20

72nd Ave N of Cleveland
Snowy Owl 1 Nov 17

128th Ave and Bingham
Snowy Owl 1 Nov 21

Grand Haven SP
Surf Scoter 1 Nov 21

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.

Lily, the male Whooping Crane, first reported in Kent County in 2015 has spent several months at the Schoonover WPA in Lenawee Co. The latest report was November 2.

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