I have been seeing a bird that looks like a cardinal but has black wings and has an orange-red color. Closest photo I've found is the hooded oriole, but this is Michigan and early March. Any ideas of what this bird could be? I have been trying to get a picture but it is a very shy bird.
It's most probably a scarlet tanager although he'd be super early, that's for sure.
Your description could be a scarlet tanager ( breeding time they may have some orange in otherwise a very red color) , but Michigan in march is unreasonable.The location and activities of a bird are very important to bird ID.Try looking at red crossbill, they are in Michigan.