On the final Monday of January the husby offered to drive me to Cecelia to see if we could see the Sandhill Cranes. That morning I had pretty much fallen into a heap just plain sad and he knew that an outing would be good medicine. It took about an hour and a half one way. The weather was cold and gray, but we did find the Cranes. The images were not grand, but just hearing the beautiful music of the Cranes, watching them as they flew over me, looking like prehistoric flying creatures, was just amazing.
We had seen thousands of them a couple of years ago, down in Tennessee.
Then this past Tuesday, there was going to be no gray, no rain, no snow and I asked if possibly we could go again. This time, I drove alone, as they husby at other things to take care of. I took one of our Long Coat German Shepherds for company. I had to stop a couple of times, to shake out this old body of aches and walk Silveit both going and coming. It was so worth the ride back to Cecelia. The first time some 2,000 had roosted of the evening, and by this past Tuesday their numbers were up to 8,000 and as of today, an alert was showing some 12,500 birds roosting. That is awesome, when you consider how very large Sandhill Cranes are.
Here is a bit of statistics, as well as the voice of Sandhill Cranes.
Their average weight for males is 10 pounds and a female 8.9 pounds. Both sexes look alike. Their average height is 4 foot tall, with a 6-1/2 foot wing span~
If you have never heard their song before, please do visit this site and at least listen to the voice play in the middle of the three listed~
Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~
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Mates display to each other with exuberant dances that retain a somewhat gangly, yet beautiful grace~
This last mosaic was taken the first visit and while slightly off focus, I still found them magical and had to use them too. I took hundreds of images and these shared were my most favored. I hope that you enjoyed these and I must say the visits to Cecelia did lift my spirits a bit and I needed that very much. Have a wonderful weekend and week~