[Tweeters] FOY Sandhill Cranes at Desert Wildlife Area
debsstuff at comcast.net
Sat Mar 9 20:57:27 PST 2013
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
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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.
RexTak at msn.com
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