Recent eBird Sightings

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The eBird summaries for October 2021, November 2021 and December 2021 are now available.

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

Snowy Owls have been observed recently at the following locations: Allegan: One at Allegan State Game Area, Todd Farm (116th Ave E of 60th St), one at Lakeshore Dr guardrail. Kent: one at Gerald R Ford Int’l Airport Kraft Ave access. Muskegon: Three at the Muskegon Wastewater – known wintering location, one at Pere Marquette Park Rd. Ottawa: One at Holland State Park, one at 128th Ave and Bingham St area, one along 68th Ave S of Garfield St, two along N Shore Dr N of Grand Haven channel, one along State Rd near New Holland Agriculture near Coopersville, one at Port Sheldon, Windsnest Park, one along Hayes St btw 60th and 68th Ave.

Allegan County (eBird link)

Lakeshore Dr guardrail
Surf Scoter 1 continuing Jan 13
Black Scoter 2 continuing Jan 13
Barrow’s Goldeneye 1 adult male continuing Jan 16 (photo)
-- initially found by Tim Cornish Dec 25
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Jan 6

Outdoor Discovery Center
Common Redpoll 42 continuing Jan 6

114th Ave and 19th St
Short-eared Owl 1 Jan 8
-- initially found by Tim Cornish Jan 8

Kent County (eBird link)

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Gerald R Ford Int’l Airport, Kraft Ave access
Short-eared Owl 1 Jan 14
-- found by Caleb Putnam Jan 14; unusual at this location in winter

Muskegon County (eBird link)

Muskegon Wastewater
Snow Bunting continuing in varying numbers
Short-eared Owl 5 continuing (photo)
-- known location
Glaucous Gull 3 continuing Jan 15
Iceland Gull 1 continuing Jan 7
Cackling Goose 5 continuing Jan 9
Snow Goose 1 continuing Jan 12

Pere Marquette Park
Purple Sandpiper 2 continuing Jan 8 (photo1) (photo2)
-- initially found by Matthew Igleski Dec 26
Surf Scoter 3 Jan 7

Ravenna Feed and Grain
Eurasian Collared-Dove 4 continuing Jan 8
-- initially found by Adam Byrne Dec 28; previously observed here Dec 29, 2020-early Jan 2021

Muskegon Lake channel
Surf Scoter 2 Jan 10
White-winged Scoter 3 Jan 10
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Jan 10

Muskegon State Game Area, Lane’s Landing
Northern Shrike 1 continuing Jan 15

Ottawa County (eBird link)

Holland State Park
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 continuing Jan 8
Iceland Gull 1 continuing Jan 12
Glaucous Gull 1 continuing Jan 13
Black-legged Kittiwake 1 Jan 8

Stu Visser Trails
Common Redpoll continuing in large numbers

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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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