Cranes near Escalante State Wildlife Area on a Cold Windy Day

Several thousand cranes have passed through the Escalante State Wildlife Area the past three weeks most just stopping over for the night. On Saturday it was a cold and windy day and several hundred cranes could be found grazing in the fields.

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Sandhill Cranes, Escalante State Wildlife Area

Sandhill Cranes have wintered near the Escalante State Wildlife Area, near Delta, for years however this year numerous numbers of cranes have been making this area their stopover during their migration trip. My first big numbers were on March 6 were hundreds of Sandhill’s dropped from the sky into the cornfields. This area is know as Escalante (Hamilton Tract) State Wildlife Area approximately 410 acres. Although this is public land public use is prohibited from March 15 to July 31 and viewing must be done from the roads.

Also had some Beautiful Tundra Swans!

Incredible view of the Gunnison River looking to the San Juans

Snow Geese coming in for a landing.