Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Drive-by birding, 9-30

When I leave work in the evening, there are very few things that would make me want to do a U-turn. Home is where the heart is, and my time is very precious there.

But today, I nearly screeched my brakes as I caught a spectacular sight in a hayfield.

I had never seen so many sandhill cranes in one place! Counting from the picture, there were close to forty of them.

I had thought the sandhills were long gone by now. Maybe these came from further north in Canada.

The leaves on the trees in the background are deceptively green; everywhere else the forest is now aglow with orange and scarlet, crimson and yellow.


Lynne said...

I would have slammed on the brakes and made a u-ey too! I saw a flock of about 20 sandhill cranes flying along the Mississippi River near the MSP airport on Saturday. They seemed so out of place around the cities.

RuthieJ said...

That's so cool Deb! It's so neat to see them flying and I love the sounds they make too.