These Sandhill cranes number in the thousands. Both Greater and Lesser. Some migrate down from Alaska some just from N. Ca. The Greaters are as tall as I am! (5-6 ft) Imagine standing next to one!!! And can jump as far also!!I t is amazing these large birds can even fly. They are just incredible. The lesser sandhills are just 3-4 ft tall.
I arrived near sunset to see where they would fly in for the night to roost and returned long before sunrise to be there when they woke up and fly off. Good thing it is winter hours! They “dance” with each other, grab sticks and toss or toss grasses. Or just jump up and down alone. Their sound is similar to a turkey, pretty loud. Watching hundreds of these flying in is a wonderful experience. And noisy!
No, you cannot have them for Thanksgiving dinner.
d300 500mmf4 (1.4tele on a few) Near Lodi, Ca