Cranes on the Mind
It's nearly spring migration for our sandhill cranes. I just had a phone call about the wintering flock in the Escalante Wildlife Area so our cranes are moving around now.
Five feet tall with a wingspan of seven to eight feet. The chick is only inches tall but it must grow to adult size in one summer so that it can migrate with its parents to the wintering grounds about 2,500 miles away.
Allen and I are driving along North Road where it crosses Hart's Basin (also known as Fruitgrowers Reservoir). Dave Galinat called to say that he's seen a rough-legged hawk in the area so I'm out looking for it.
Here I am, watching the activity under the ornamental pear tree, and there are the juncos again. As they were foraging, they seemed like little sparrows but the coloring is solid rather than streaked as with most sparrows.