Monday, March 24, 2008

Watching The Watchers

The Sand Hill Cranes have arrived to the Delta area, and last Saturday morning, a good number of people gathered to watch them sit in a field around 1/2 mile away. There was a moment of excitement when the flock took off rose a few hundred of feet, then settled down a bit closer to continue eating. The birds were really too far away for the casual observer to get too excited, but it was fun to watch the people who where there. It was obvious they were very enthused about the flock, and I hear of one person who even slept in her car to get an early start watching them. Since it was in the 20's that morning, you know she is into the hobby!

My understanding is that this is the last stop as a large flock in a northern migration, and from here they spread out around the north west US and Canada. I was able to get one pic that will give you an idea of what they are like, and I will post it tomorrow.


photowannabe said...

Fascinating. Looking forward to seeing your post tomorrow.

Kerri said...

How exciting! It would have been great to see all of them!