Sandhill 2019

Season of the Cranes

November 29, 19

If you've followed my blog in the past you know Sandhill Cranes are one of my favorite birds.

Every year, late winter, I know spring is not far away as I start to hear the first Cranes unique honking as they pass over our house into the wetlands on the West side of Lee lake.

I wonder why do they migrate back so early? Cranes generally begin arriving as early as February and cover 200-300 miles a day during migration. Some cranes use Michigan as a resting point for more northern breeding ground, other cranes choose Michigan as their breeding ground and they will stay.

In the fall they start their migration back to warmer climates. Depending on the weather, they can stay into December if they have a water source. 

The photographs below are some that I took throughout the year. A few were taken this week during a warmer sunny day.

Comments are always welcomed.
Mark

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As I was photographing the Cranes this week several groups of Trumpeter Swans flew by. I guess I've got more favorite birds.

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