Those Aren’t Geese!
Last week, after a day of storms and tornado warnings, we had a gorgeous day of 70 degrees with clear blue skies.
As I was out on my walk, I heard a sound that I thought was coming from a pine tree nearby. It sounded like a very loud dove call. I looked and didn’t see anything, but the call continued. Finally I looked way up and saw a V of birds flying south. I got some pictures, and when I looked at them tonight, I realized that the birds were not geese, they were Sandhill Cranes!
It could be that I have seen them flying over before, but I could never zoom in enough to identify what was flying over, so this is a life bird for me!
I added the viewing to my checklist on eBird, and it was flagged as a rarity (probably because I didn’t know about marking it with a “flyover” code – it would be very rare to see these birds landing here!). But my viewing has showed up on the species range maps, which means it was reviewed and approved. I feel like a real birder now!
I wish I could have recorded their sound. Here is a video of them from the Crane Trust — it is 8 minutes long but watching it is like a mini-birding trip.