Recent eBird Sightings
Notice: Interesting eBird sightings for June 2018, July 2018 and August 2018 are available. Beginning in January 2018, the monthly eBird summary will only include the very unusual and rare sightings. Earlier reports are available on request from email@example.com.
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)
Kent County (eBird link)
Follow the Peregrine Falcons in downtown Grand Rapids by clicking here.
Caledonia Sewage Ponds
Mourning Warbler 1 Sep 24
Muskegon County (eBird link)
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)
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