Photo of the Week: Roseate Spoonbill, Rare Bird and First State Record for Michigan

Large pink bird with long spoon-shaped bill fluffes out its feathers on the three snag, while a nearby white Great Egret preens.

After a long day of rain, imagine you’re out with your fiance at a nearby marsh when you spot an unusual colored bird.

A large pink wading bird.

A Roseate Spoonbill.

In Michigan.

That’s not usual.

In the United States, the Roseate Spoonbill is usually found in the southeast. Almost a thousand miles away.

But that’s what a local couple found in Saline, Michigan this weekend. Continue reading Photo of the Week: Roseate Spoonbill, Rare Bird and First State Record for Michigan

Photo of the Week: Early Morning Riser, Red-winged Blackbird

Black bird with red and yellow epaulets sings loudly as it perches on the bare tree branch.

The sounds of Red-winged Blackbirds filled the marsh in the early morning at Sterling State Park in Monroe, Michigan for the first official weekend of spring in Michigan. Along with blackbirds, you could hear the territorial song of American Robins and the loud calls and squeals of Ring-billed Gulls as they foraged for food in… Continue reading Photo of the Week: Early Morning Riser, Red-winged Blackbird

Photo of the Week: Sandhill Crane Takes a Closer Look

red-crowned bird with long gray curved neck takes a closer look.

This red-crowned Sandhill Crane is one of a group of cranes that overwintered in Michigan at nearby local park where I go birding. I saw it foraging for food near the open water of the lake shoreline. The majestic Sandhill Cranes are an incredible sight to see, as the large gray birds with long neck… Continue reading Photo of the Week: Sandhill Crane Takes a Closer Look