It might not be the official city bird, but it should be. The ring-necked pheasants are back and seem to be abundant in the city's lots this Spring. We heard this one crowing - sounds more like a tight sharp squawk to us - before we saw him. We did not see any hens about, but they were there somewhere. We then saw another male down the road. This led us to trying to learn how many are estimated to live in the city's parks and empty lots. No data was found (if you know of any, please feel free to point us in the right direction). In Michigan, this great and really pretty bird has been in decline for a while. Sad, sad, sad. Populations are determined primarily by the number of birds taken during the hunting season and surveys from postal carriers. In 2014, the DNR reports that hunters took about 22,000 birds compared with 100,000 birds in 1991 and over a million in the 1940s. Not sure which comes first, the decline in birds or the decline in hunters, but the number of hunters is in steep decline as well (it's a chicken and egg sort of thing to us). The map shows no broods observed in Wayne County during the postal survey. To folks on the ground here in Detroit, which is in Wayne County, this is preposterous but is probably explained by local carriers either not participating or not being solicited to participate in the survey.