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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Call of the Wild...

I'd never even seen a Sandhill Crane until 2001...  We saw a few in Alaska, but later that year we were volunteers at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, south of Albuquerque in New Mexico.  There were thousands of cranes there...  arriving in time for The Festival of the Cranes in November.  

We became familiar with their sounds....  as they "talk" to each other on the ground, but it is the sounds they make as they fly overhead that stay with a person forever.  


A few minutes ago I was sitting in the rig knitting and looked out and saw Bill running out of the shed where he's working.  He was looking overhead as he headed to the rig...  it didn't take me long to grab my camera and head outside...

I could hear them but it took me a moment to locate where they were...
Way off in the distance...  

Looks like they are kind of "regrouping"...

They were quite far away.  
It was hard to see them at all without the camera lens.

Looks like they might have changed leaders and now got back in formation to wing onward...

And away...  out of sight...
And then out of hearing....
On to south Texas or Mexico
Somewhere warm for the winter.

Sights and sounds I never tire of....

Yes, a Call of the Wild!

That's All For Today!

14 comments:

  1. I love that Jack London book, also White Fang. The geese fly over here constantly now, in their formations, talking as they go, and suddenly a new leader takes over. I always wonder how they coordinate the leader changes and directional changes or who decides where they are going.

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  2. Wonderful to see them heading south, we right along with them, gotta love it !

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  3. We see them in Central Florida from time to time. Always fun to see them, they are so tall.

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  4. I used to like the honking of migrating geese best, until I heard the cranes...

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  5. They're not the only ones who migrate south from Texas to Mexico, are they? Enjoy your travels and we'll keep in touch.

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  6. We always have a few pair around our place in summer--I would love to visit Whitewater Draw in southern Arizona when all those thousands of cranes are there.

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  7. Wow! How exciting. And without even trying. The first time I saw them was in the '90s at the Salton Sea.

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  8. So glad you got see and hear the Cranes. They are magnificent!

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  9. We have cranes nesting on our land every summer, but rarely get to see more than half a dozen at a time.

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  10. What a thrill to see the cranes at their winter destination! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. The sound of Sandhill Cranes flying over is something that will always draw Teri and I outside to locate them in the sky. During our bird counting at Laguna Atascosa we would would set up in the dark so that we could count them flying out to feed in the morning. Good memories!

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