Photo of the Week: Common Merganser

Long white-bodied, black backed duck with bright red bill swims alone in the open water.

One of my favorite birds to see in winter in southeast Michigan, the Common Merganser swims low on the water as it dives to hunt for fish in winter.

The male Common Mergansers long white body with black back, deep green iridescent head, and bright orange-red slender bill stand out in the open water when compared with other ducks that sit higher in the water. Continue reading Photo of the Week: Common Merganser

Photo of the Week: Snow Geese on a Wintry Day

four white geese with pink bills, pink legs, and black-tipped wings walk slowly across the frozen lake in front of hundreds of Canada Geese.

four white geese with pink bills, pink legs, and black-tipped wings walk slowly across the frozen lake in front of hundreds of Canada Geese.

In southeast Michigan, we don’t often see a lot of Snow Geese in winter; they’re considered rare birds in our area.

I was lucky to see a Snow Goose up close at Belle Isle State Park in fall 2019.

Usually a handful are reported each year in our area, often seen with hundreds of Canada Geese feeding on grass or harvested cornfields. Continue reading Photo of the Week: Snow Geese on a Wintry Day