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: 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

Photo of the Week: Black Vulture in Michigan

large gray-faced, black bird perches on fence post looking over the pond.

The first time I saw a Black Vulture was on Florida’s Atlantic Coast on the way to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge to see my nemesis bird, the Painted Bunting. The Black Vulture is common in southeastern United States, where they can be found year-round. I’ve seen them in southern Ohio in the past few… Continue reading Photo of the Week: Black Vulture in Michigan