Photo of the Week: Upland Sandpiper, Long Distance Traveler

buffy-brown and white bird with yellow legs perched on fence post.

My bird sighting last week at a nearby birding hotspot caught me by surprise: the Upland Sandpiper has arrived in southeast Michigan.

When I checked my past bird sightings, I learned I usually see Upland Sandpipers in early May.

A long distance traveler, the Upland Sandpiper winters in South American pampas of Paraguay and northern Argentina before migrating through the Great Plains and Midwest of the United States in early spring. Continue reading Photo of the Week: Upland Sandpiper, Long Distance Traveler

Photo of the Week: Spring Snowstorm in Michigan

white snow-covered trees silhouetted against the morning sky with the golden sun rise.

Waking up to a white blanket of snow and ice crystals on trees and plants just beginning to bud out in spring is not what many people in southeast Michigan look forward to in mid-April. Yet, that’s exactly what we had when a sudden cold front moved through our area. Light snow fell throughout the… Continue reading Photo of the Week: Spring Snowstorm in Michigan