Photo of the Week: Ice Sheets on the Detroit River

white ice sheets float down the blue open water of the Detroit River as it flows past Mud Island in Ecorse, Michigan.

Like many people in southeast Michigan, I’ve enjoyed the last few days of warmer weather and sunshine.

We’ve had temperatures reach the mid-50 degrees Farenheit over the weekend, it’s such a good feeling to have warm weather again!

Despite the fact we have snow mounds on our lawns and 10 to 20 feet tall snow piles in parking lots, spring is coming. Continue reading Photo of the Week: Ice Sheets on the Detroit River

Photo of the Week: Cooper’s Hawk at Belle Isle State Park

medium-sized brown-barred white-breasted hawk perches on bare branch.

One of the first things you learn as a birder is to look up to see the birds.

And in winter, it’s a lot easier to look for birds in the trees and shrubs: there are no leaves to hide the birds.

When I noticed the sounds of animals along the trail at Detroit’s Belle Isle State Park had suddenly gone quiet, I knew there had to be a reason. Continue reading Photo of the Week: Cooper’s Hawk at Belle Isle State Park

Photo of the Week: Snow Bunting in Winter Plumage

Rust-colored sparrow-sized white bird pauses as it forages on the group.

While seeing Snow Buntings in southeast Michigan isn’t uncommon in winter, seeing one relatively close by before it flies off with a flock of dozens of birds is unusual.

Which is why I was excited to find this Snow Bunting foraging for food with several Song Sparrows on a snow-covered grassy ridge.

The small group seemed oblivious to my vehicle, as I stopped in the parking lot to take several photos near the frozen marsh off the Detroit River. Continue reading Photo of the Week: Snow Bunting in Winter Plumage