Rare pink water bird lands in Michigan, delighting public

AP — Bird lovers with cameras and binoculars are travelling to a stream in southeastern Michigan to see a rare creature with pink feathers and a long bill.

The roseate spoonbill was found in Saline in the Koch Warner Drain, the first to be seen in Michigan, said Molly Keenan of Michigan Audubon.

The bird, which typically lives in the Gulf Coast region, escaped from a zoo or is “very confused”, said Saline police, which placed traffic cones on a road to manage the flow of people.

Whatever the reason, word has spread about the bird. Sally Most and her husband travelled roughly 200 miles from Fairmount, Indiana to have a look.

“After a time, you see a lot of the same birds, and then you see something unusual… I took over 300 pictures of it last night,” Most told the Detroit Free Press.

The rare roseate spoonbill; and bird watchers. PHOTOS: AP