Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sandhill Cranes

On Tuesday we decided to drive an hour north and see the sandhill cranes at their migration stop. It is such a spectacular sight! Thousands of these huge birds converge for the night in one place after feasting in the harvested fields.

It's hard to tell, but the field in the background is just full of birds. We were standing on a viewing platform and for some reason they were landing farther away this year.

I guess the deer knew they were safe because they congregated here also.

We could hear hunters in the distance, but the deer didn't startle.

Tad, his parents, and great grandma were with us.

We had a great time with the other bird watcher. As it started getting cold and dark, we made our way back to the cars and dinner at The Whistle Stop, part diner, part train museum.


Nellie said...

Cindy, I am just a bit envious of your viewing the sand cranes! What a sight it must have been! Also, I've never seen that many deer in the wild at one time. Tell more about the Whistle Stop. It sounds appealing!

Hope your Thanksgiving preparations are going well.

Kerin said...

Very impressive showing of cranes!
The most I've ever seen at once has to be about 3.

That baby boy is certainly growing up! What a cutie he is :)

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

How fun. Love anytime we get outdoors and to experience with the little one is the best. Oh love your header. Cute shot with the kitty.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Sweet family photos! Everyone looks so happy! I sure miss my boys today! The photo of the sandhill cranes and deer is just amazing! I'll show that one to hubby! WOW! ♥

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

What a beautiful sight both the birds and the deer. I am new to your blog and browsed through some of your older posts. Your work is beautiful. I look forward to seeing more of it. Patty

Teresa said...

They're so beautiful, aren't they? We had some across the street for a while last year, and they were so fun to watch.