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Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Flight of the Cranes


Sandhill Cranes during their fall migration
(photos taken October 22/09)


We don't often see these stately birds, so it was truly a rare and beautiful sight when
softly, peacefully the cranes flew over
while I stood on the road with a friend.
We watched until the distance claimed
them, their strange warning calls still
resonating in our ears....kar-r-r-o-o-o,
kar-r-r-o-o-o.

Sandhill Cranes breed in the Northern US, Canada, Alaska and Eastern Siberia. In the autumn they migrate to their wintering grounds in Florida, Texas, Utah, Mexico, and California.

Sky Watch Friday