Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Sandhill Cranes!


While we live far from the sandhills of the midwest, we had a little flavor of the Platte River here in NJ today. Last February several Sandhill Cranes were found in an old corn field a stone's throw from our house. I didn't get to see them on two attempts and then they were gone. Yesterday, two cranes appeared in the same general area. I got the word and headed over there this morning. After a little scanning and moving to higher ground, I found the birds. Spectacular! The birds wandered around and picked from the ground while I watched. One started bugling continually, which echoed off the nearby buildings for a splendid aural effect. I wonder if he thought the echo was another bird? Our time together was brief as I had to get back home to attend a conference call for work. A new state bird! Schweeet.

4 comments:

Lynne said...

They're one of my all time favorite birds. I got to watch several thousand flying in to a staging area in Grantburg, Wisconsin one fall evening. It was thrilling and very magical.

Mel said...

Awesome!!!!!!

Christopher said...

I've been luck enough to see a few Sandhill Cranes in my time, but never in the Northeast - that's great. A great find the first week of the new year!

Quantum Tiger said...

Very nice. Not sure if it's just blogger being slow - but it took several attempts before I could see all the images on your blog.