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 the pond.
Double-crested Cormorants kept flying into the marsh as hundreds of Red-breasted Mergansers swam in the blue water of the ponds.
Soon the mergansers will continue their migration north as the cormorants settle in to the marshy area until fall.
Somehow we’ve managed to have true spring weather for the first weekend.
Sunny, blue skies, and temperatures in the 50 and 60 degree Farenheit made for a great weekend to enjoy being outside.