Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sandhill Cranes and Bluebirds

This afternoon shortly before sunset we heard the call. Echoing across the snow and mud came the prehistoric warble marking the return of our long-legged friends with the red eyemask - the sandhill crane. (Hear the call yourself at the International Crane Foundation site. Awesome!)

Moments later we spotted a bundle of flitting figures caped in blue with their little organge cravats. These we'd seen sitting on the branches of a new pear tree in the front yard and in the catalpa. The bluebird, too, had come back.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've seen blue birds, but not cranes yet this year. The wetlands near our house are shallow enough to freeze regularly, so we haven't seen anywhere near as many waterfowl and waders as we had at the same time last year.