Maggie and I were taking our quickie morning walk, and I was picking Autumn Olive berries when I heard a distinctive rattling cry. It's hard to describe... sort of a cross between a turkey, a pigeon, and a kingfisher. And loud!
I knew what it was, but I couldn't find them! Then, they came sailing over the aspens (yes, the ones of the blue WOW). Do you know what it is? It's a pair of sandhill cranes Grus canadensis. I showed you one closeup this summer. That link is in the footer.
These are huge birds, with a 6-8 foot wingspan, even larger than the great blue heron. I often see them in certain places near here, but this is the first time I've spotted them "in" (over) my back yard!
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