Recent eBird Sightings

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

In July, passerines are busy feeding fledged young or caring for second broods. The first Arctic breeding adult shorebirds start heading south and can show up in Michigan by late July. The Muskegon Wastewater and other shorebird habitats offer good locations to check out. Rare or unusual species are always a possibility after the passage of strong storm fronts.

Allegan County (eBird link)

Saugatuck Dunes State Park Natural Area
Prairie Warbler 2 Jul 18

Kalamazoo River mouth
Willet 8 Jul 18
American Avocet 4 Jul 18

Oval Beach
Piping Plover 1 Jul 19
-- bird has leg bands

Mt Baldhead Park
Piping Plover 1 Jul 22
-- possibly same individual seen at Oval Beach July 19
Willet 1 Jul 22

Kent County (eBird link)

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

Caledonia Sewage Ponds
Short-billed Dowitcher 1 Jul 21

Muskegon County (eBird link)

Muskegon Wastewater System
Dickcissel 30 Jul 22
Eared Grebe 2 continuing Jul 20
Common Raven 4 continuing Jul 20
Brewer’s Blackbird 3 continuing Jul 9 (photo)

Muskegon State Park beach
Piping Plover continuing (photo)
-- adult with fledged young still present Jul 14

Ottawa County (eBird link)

Holland State Park
Willet 1 Jul 19
Piping Plover 1 banded juvenile Jul 20 (photo)

Hayes E of 68th Ave
Western Meadowlark 1 continuing Jul 15

Window-on-the-Waterfront, Holland
Least Bittern 1 continuing Jul 19

Grand Haven north pier
Ruddy Turnstone 1 continuing Jul 23
Piping Plover 1 Jul 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.

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Interesting Bird Articles:

1) Citizen Science Reveals Annual Bird Migrations Across Continents