The Robins Have Arrived

The Robins Have Arrived! It has been a long winter indeed here in Michigan, but the Robins and other springtime birds are arriving in full force. I have been fortunate to be in a location that seems to be a bit of a hot spot for Robin activity. Since much of the ground is still frozen for the most part (though that changes this week) worms are few and far between. However, the Robins have been feasting primarily on Crabapples. We have several Crabapple trees on the property, and they produced a bumper crop of Crabapples last Autumn. So many in fact, that the trees were weighted down by the extensive volume of the fruit! Even though I saw a few Robins in both January, and February, the largest number of them have been spotted within the last week or two of March. The American Robin is Michigan’s state bird. You can read all about the American Robin by Clicking Here. For many years, Robin sightings have meant the arrival … Read More…


Structure Fire 3/5/14

GREENVILLE, MI – On the evening of March 5, 2014, I heard two fire trucks responding to a structure fire call west on M-57 from Greenville. I went down there to document the situation. As I drove by the house, I could see thick smoke billowing out of all the windows, doors, eaves, and more. I talked to a firefighter there, and he said it was best for me to back away, due to the risk of explosions. Fuel oil specifically was mentioned, I assume there must have been a tank nearby which had a risk of rupturing. I moved a safe distance down the road, and out of the way, but still where I could get a good angle on the situation. The smoke billowed furiously, even brought visibility on the road to near 0 at times. The call was made to close a portion of M-57 in the 6PM hour, and reroute traffic southward. Smoke was still billowing, although to a lesser extent, when I left the scene … Read More…