Recent eBird Sightings

The eBird summaries for July 2020, August 2020 and September 2020 are now available.

Please note: Unless noted as "continuing", sightings are removed after 10 days on list.

Watch for Pine Siskins at your feeders and elsewhere. They are being seen all over in good numbers. It is an irruptive year for this species.

Watch for Evening Grosbeaks at your feeders and when birding. They have already been seen at feeders in Allegan Co and a large flock was observed at the Harbor Island/Linear Park area in Grand Haven. They invade quickly, gorge on seeds and usually do not stay very long.

Allegan County (eBird link)

Kalamazoo River mouth
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 continuing Oct 17
Surf Scoter 2 Oct 25

116th Ave and 8th St wetland
Greater White-fronted Goose 2 continuing Oct 24
-- initially found by Tim Cornish Oct 17
Baird’s Sandpiper 1 continuing Oct 25
Long-billed Dowitcher 1 Oct 25

Gun Lake Park
Iceland Gull 2 Oct 21
Surf Scoter 9 Oct 21
Lesser Black-backed Gull 5 Oct 21

118th Ave and 23rd St fields
American Golden-Plover 21 continuing Oct 24
Lapland Longspur 1 continuing Oct 24
Snow Bunting 1 Oct 23
American Pipit 100 Oct 24

West Side County Park
Clay-colored Sparrow 2 Oct 24

Private residence S of Holland
Evening Grosbeak 6 Oct 24 (photo)
-- briefly at feeders

Private residence E of Douglas
Evening Grosbeak 3 Oct 25

Private residence W of Hopkins
Brewer’s Blackbird 2 Oct 25

Kent County (eBird link)

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Reeds Lake south
Common Redpoll 14 Oct 18

84th St and Kalamazoo SE flooded field
Greater White-fronted Goose 6 Oct 23

South Kent Recycling and Waste Center (108th St)
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 Oct 23

Private residence near Cascade
Varied Thrush 1 Oct 23

Muskegon County (eBird link)

Pere Marquette Park
Black Scoter 1 Oct 19
Long-tailed Duck 50 Oct 19
Black-bellied Plover 1 Oct 25
Tundra Swan 60 Oct 25
Snow Bunting 40 Oct 25

Muskegon State Game Area, Lane’s Landing
Northern Shrike 1 Oct 23

Ottawa County (eBird link)

Holland State Park
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 continuing Oct 22
Black Scoter 2 continuing Oct 21

DeGraaf Nature Center
Northern Saw-whet Owl 1 Oct 19 (photo)

VanRaalte Farm
Northern Goshawk 1 Oct 20

Grand Haven north pier
Black-bellied Plover 2 Oct 24

Harbor Island, Grand Haven
Evening Grosbeak 8 Oct 24
-- flock of 22 observed by several later in day at nearby Linear Park

Sighting Information

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Peregrine Falcon sightings in downtown Grand Rapids should be reported to Elaine Kampmueller at You can follow Peregrine Falcons in downtown Grand Rapids by clicking here.

New instructions for access to the Caledonia Sewage Ponds. Now available by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Click here to read the new guidelines.

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.

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