[Tweeters] FOY Sandhill Cranes at Desert Wildlife Area

D. Lewis debsstuff at comcast.net
Sat Mar 9 20:57:27 PST 2013

Hi all

We took the drive over to the Frenchman Hills Rd area and saw maybe 1,000 or so sandhill cranes.  They were at the end of Rd 6 SW near the area of Frenchman Hills Rd and Adams Rd.  You will need to stop at the gate and watch them from a short distance but there are a lot of them there.   While we were there we had an adult  goshawk fly overhead - nice bonus on the day!

Have a good evening

D. Lewis

North Bend

debsstuff atcomcast.net

----- Original Message -----

From: "Rex S. Takasugi" <rextak at msn.com>
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Sent: Saturday, March 9, 2013 2:11:43 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] FOY Sandhill Cranes at Desert Wildlife Area

            While doing some fly fishing at some of the Desert Wildlife Area lakes on Thursday I saw my first of the year Sandhill Cranes.  While hiking north mid-morning from parking area H4 to the lakes (Harris, Tern, Sedge & Dune), I heard more Sandhill Cranes than I saw, only spotting a couple here and there.  But, after sunset while hiking back to the car, I saw a flock of about 100 cranes flying and silhouetted against the sunset sky, and later as it got pretty dark a small flock of 20 cranes flew low overhead, so low that I could hear the air whistling through their wing feathers.  Very cool!  They must not have been able to see me in the darkness.  I love hearing the guttural calls of the Sandhill Cranes as it really marks the seasons for me as the cranes migrate through our state.


Good birding!


Rex Takasugi

Kent, WA

RexTak at msn.com


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