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Old 02-05-2014, 02:06 PM   #21
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:48 PM   #23
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A few from the first few days in January, in se Arizona.

A black-throated sparrow
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Sandhill cranes coming in for a landing at Whitewater Draw
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A Northern Shoveler at Whitewater Draw
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A few from the first few days in January, in se Arizona.

A black-throated sparrow
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Sandhill cranes coming in for a landing at Whitewater Draw
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A Northern Shoveler at Whitewater Draw
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Some more beautiful shots of unfamiliar birds from a state I've never visited, that don't make me think winter (because of my Pennsylvanian bias). Great work, kchd.
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Look at all those cute little crane legs, a dangling and swinging.
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Some day I WILL see a sandhill crane. Beautiful photos!
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Some day I WILL see a sandhill crane. Beautiful photos!
Those sandhill cranes gather every winter at that site, Whitewater Draw, near Tombstone, AZ. It is state land and is managed to provide wetland habitat for birds in the winter. This year, we estimated 5,000 to 8,000 cranes when we visited the place, and we were there mid-day with flocks steadily coming in. The sound of that many cranes is awesome!
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We have cousins in Brevard County, FL, who can no longer feed their dog on the deck because the cranes come and steal the dog food, then tap on the sliding glass door for more. I, on the other hand, can spend an afternoon at a place called the Crane Creek estuary--with reported crane sightings only hours before--and see nary a one. Sigh.
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It is state land and is managed to provide wetland habitat for birds in the winter. This year, we estimated 5,000 to 8,000 cranes when we visited...
That is wonderful to hear...both that it is managed for wetland habitat and the number of cranes that it supports!
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