Recent eBird Sightings

The eBird summaries for October 2020, November 2020 and December 2020 are now available.

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

It’s an irruptive year for winter finches. Watch for Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls, Purple Finches and Evening Grosbeaks at your feeders or when birding. All have been reported in the four-county area in good numbers.

Snowy Owls have been observed at the following locations: Allegan Co: One at Allegan State Game Area, Todd Farm (116th Ave and 62nd St), one along 58th St S of 136th Ave, one at 139th Ave and 47th St, one along Lincoln Rd (M-40) N of Fillmore Rd, one at 60th St and 140th Ave. Kent Co: One at Gerald R Ford Int’l Airport, Kraft Ave access. Muskegon Co: Two at the Muskegon Wastewater, one at Pere Marquette Park, one on the Best Buy building Sternberg Rd and Harvey St, one along Fruitvale Rd W of Ochs Rd. Ottawa Co: One at 96th Ave and Port Sheldon St area, one at 128th Ave and Bingham St area, one at airstrip at Byron Rd and Air Park Dr near Zeeland.

Allegan County (eBird link)

Lakeshore Dr guardrail
Black Scoter up to 22 continuing

Allegan State Game Area, Todd Farm
Short-eared Owl up to 3 continuing
-- 116th Ave/62nd St area

Outdoor Discovery Center
Northern Shrike 1 continuing

110th Ave btw 20th and 22nd St
Northern Shrike 1 continuing Jan 19

East end of Lake Allegan, Monroe Rd
Smew 1 female continuing Jan 22
-- initially found by Tim Cornish Jan 6; possibly same bird found by Ross Green and Michael Bowen at Sherman Lake in Kalamazoo Co Dec 22

Saugatuck Dunes State Park
Red-throated Loon 4 Jan 14

Oval Beach
Red-throated Loon 2 Jan 14

Kent County (eBird link)

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

South Kent Recycling and Waste Center
Turkey Vulture 1 continuing Jan 14
-- very late; one was also observed here Dec 18
Iceland Gull (kumlieni) 1 continuing Jan 14
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 continuing Jan 14

Muskegon County (eBird link)

Muskegon Wastewater
Common Redpoll continue in varying numbers; at least 200 have been reported
Snow Bunting continuing in varying numbers
Golden Eagle 1 continuing Jan 19
Glaucous Gull 2 continuing Jan 21

Pere Marquette Park
Purple Sandpiper 3 continuing Jan 21
Surf Scoter 1 imm male Jan 19 (photo)
-- initially found by Tori Martel Jan 18

Ottawa County (eBird link)

Holland State Park
Glaucous Gull 1 continuing Jan 18
Purple Sandpiper 1 continuing Jan 19 (photo)
-- three new birds found by Eric Gustafson Jan 2 for total of four
Black Scoter 1 Jan 11

Private residence along S Hampton St W of 168th Ave, Holland
Northern Mockingbird 1 continuing Jan 11
-- initially found by Jeremy Overway Dec 12

Grand Haven north pier
Black Scoter 1 Jan 17

Kollen Park/Heinz Waterfront Walkway
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Jan 18
Glaucous Gull 2 Jan 18

Sighting Information

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Pine Siskin, Common Redpoll, Hoary Redpoll, Purple Finch, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, White-winged Crossbill; the winter finch irruption. Read article here.

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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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