Southwest Michigan Wildlife columnist for The Herald-Palladium

Two bald eagles are nesting near the banks of the St. Joseph River, at Berrien Hills Golf Course in St. Joseph Township.

The two adults and nest were photographed on May 8 by Kirsten Vanderberg of St. Joseph. Vanderberg was able to view the nest from Gold View Road.

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Perhaps the most colorful of the North American songbirds is the male painted bunting, of which one was seen May 3-6 at the feeders of David Ferris of Coloma.

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A colorful male western tanager turned up May 8 at the feeders of Tom and Gretchen Lenz of St. Joseph.

Jonathan Wuepper is an area naturalist. Report your sightings to him at