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Found in southwest Michigan. It appears to have fallen from a nest.

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  • $\begingroup$ It's clearly a heron of some kind. My money's on a juvenile Great Blue Heron, but I will need to double-check their juvenile plumage before I can be sure. $\endgroup$ – bshane Jul 1 at 1:07
  • $\begingroup$ Please provide the approximate size of the bird. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Jul 1 at 2:56
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The body shape does seem to indicate it's some kind of heron/egret (12 species, of which, have been previously found in Michigan [according to Wikipedia]).

The seemingly large size from your picture (please edit with actual or best approximation of size), the tufted feathers on the head, white face, and the start of a black line on the anterior edge of the eye all suggest that this could be a great blue heron.

Great blue herons are typically grey (not the dark almost black of your specimen), but I did find some photos with nestlings /fledglings with darker plumage, including below:

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Source: Wikipedia

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