Gusty Winds Did Not Stop The Cranes

Thirty mile an hour winds did not keep over 700 Sandhill  Cranes from landing at Harts Basin, near Eckert Colorado on Wednesday. If you have never witnessed the cranes landing in large numbers it is a sight to behold, breathe taking actually.  So high in the sky the little black specs grow larger as they set their wings and slowly and gracefully drop from the sky. A magnificent sight indeed, August and I relished every second!

 

 

What a Difference a Day Makes….

Zero Sandhill Cranes at Harts Basin on Thursday, and yet on Friday the numbers soared in, several thousand and Saturday several hundred.  Not the best picture but very interesting as this was taken in Grand Junction of cranes that left Harts Basin, flying fairly low on their way to the next “overnight stop”

Several Thousand Sandhill Cranes are on Their Way North

The warm weather in early March has allowed several thousand cranes to pass through the Grand Junction area since the first of March. Around 1500 have “stopped over” at Harts Basin and several hundred have stopped over in the fields near Mack Mesa.  Next stop for many of these cranes is Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, near Vernal, Utah. There are many more to come, let’s hope they give us a chance to show our hospitality. 🙂  The weather turned uncooperative for migrating cranes and for that matter all migrating birds on March 18  but on this gorgeous Friday the weather is perfect…let’s hope!

Great book on migration: Living on the Wind, Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul.

If you love our Regal Eagle, this proud mom and pop are about to have eaglets in Decorah Iowa. You can view them here. Hatching will be any time!

The only excitement at Harts Basin was this beautiful mink and the incredible weather of course, not to many times have I been to Harts Basin when there was no wind! At this point, surprisingly very few birds compared to past years.