Great Egrets (Ardea alba) are one of the most visible birds in Florida. They're big, nearly as big as Michigan's Blue Herons (which also live in Florida.) Their brilliant white feathers stand out from the green reeds and grasses making them very easy to spot, even at 70 mph on the Interstate.
I think of them as tropical birds, but apparently they are widely distributed throughout the world, even occasionally in Michigan and Wisconsin.
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.