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Thread: Sandhill Cranes Are Back!

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    Power Poster CarrieAnne's Avatar
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    I have a nesting pairthat comes back to my land every year. These birds are huge, and just majestic. They have a load yell....scares the stuffing out of my bulldog!
    I know Spring is coming, they arrived yesterday!

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    Aren't they just the nose-yest est birds! We hear them all the time in the summer. The scare me half to death when the squawk close by!!

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    Noisy, yes! Remind me of some prehistoric bird with their huge shadows.
    The bulldog wont leave the porch if she hears them!

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    How about some pics for those of us who don't have them (smile). They sound awesome.

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    We had a large flock of robins visit a few days ago. I have not seen cranes in my area.

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    I would love to see some pictures of them.

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    Yabba Dabba Dooooo! Spring is comig! Can't Wait!

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    We have a pair that live in the swamp nearby. Loud and big!

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    They are so loud that sometimes you can hear them flying overhead, but they are so high you can't see them!

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    We don't have any in our town, but 40 miles north (work), they have a kazillion of them...I had never heard of them or seen them before.

    I call them terra-dac-till (sp?) birds because they do look so prehistoric and that's the first name that came to my mind when I saw them.

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    Sure, I will try to get a picture. Its so funny, one will "scream" at the other one and the other will answer...from far away, and you can see the one flying in. They must be letting each other know where they are!

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    Yes, please try to get a picture of one. I don't think I have ever seen one.

    I did see a blue heron once in Denver. It landed on the roof of the house behind ours and was the largest bird I had ever seen.

    Waiting for your pictures.....

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    Is this early for them this year? A picture would be special...

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    I did see a bunch of them Saturday on my drive home from work...so maybe that is a good sign that spring is just around the corner.

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    No, not early, they usually arrive about this time. We have alot of wetlands here so we see alot of them.
    Janet, a blue heron ended up in my front yard last year. He was really sick, and I didnt know WHAT to do.....he had a HUGE beak, so I couldnt just move him or anything. None of the DNR places would help me either.....fianlly found a rehabilitation lady who came and got him. What a beautiful bird, she figured he drank from a poisined stream or something.

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    Take a picture please.

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    the ones with the ultralight come down every winter every one goes th Dunellon to watch them and occasionally see a pair around where i live

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    http://www.google.com/images?q=sandh...ls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1280&bih=587

    here's a link to some pics on google...the pictures don't do them justice...they are amazing to see and watch in person.

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    Carhop, I think those are the Whooping cranes. They are endangered, no too many around. They stay in Northern Wisconin in the Summer, there is a festival in Neecedah evey fall.

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    Whooping cranes winter along the Texas coast and are quite a tourist attraction!

    Cranes are such beautiful but awkward birds!

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