A few days before Thanksgiving this Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) appeared in our front yard. These birds aren't common in Michigan, but worldwide they have been very successful. Originally from Africa and Asia, they appeared in the Americas in the late 1800s and have spread throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and North & South America. While, this one really looked out of place in Kalamazoo, the species does appear on Audubon's Checklist of Michigan Birds.
I teach economics at Kalamazoo College. My wife is also an economist. We were on sabbatical in Europe for the 2014-15 academic year. (Salamanca, Spain, followed by Oxford, UK.) We were in Uruguay for the 2006-7 academic year.