Green Herons (Butorides Virescens) are stocky birds with a greenish-black cap, a greenish back and wings, a chestnut neck with a white line down the front, grey underparts and short yellow legs.
The Green Heron spends its
winters in the southern U.S. and further south to Venezuela, Panama, and
the West Indies. However it breeds across most of the U.S including mid-Michigan. You can find the birds along the shoreline
of rivers, oceans, lakes, and ponds.
The Green Heron are fun to
observe. The birds feed normally at dawn and dusk but those hours are
extended when there are hungry young to feed. They are one of the few
tool-using birds. They prefer to hunt for frogs and small fish in
shallow, weedy wetlands and are often seen dropping small debris, like
bugs and feathers as a form of bait to attract fish within their
The video below is one of many I found showing the Green Heron fishing: http://youtu.be/Nk-FKbrFkUM