Sandhill Crane 2/7/18

There are 15 crane species worldwide but only 2 in North America—the Whooping Crane and the Sandhill Crane. Something very interesting is going on with the latter. Since 1967 they began showing up in eastern states where they’d never been seen before. A vagrant just showing up somewhere new is hardly unusual, but then these birds would stay for the season, migrate south for the winter, and then surprisingly come back the next season, sometimes with a mate to start breeding. These aren’t vagrants so much as they are pioneers. Pretty soon you get small migrating flocks like we have in Maine now, which started with one bird back in 2001. This bird’s name is Kevin, he arrived in Rollinsford NH earlier in 2017, but for some reason has not migrated south for the winter like northern cranes usually do, instead he’s sticking it out through the winter. Thankfully, Kevin has people looking out for him.

2 Comments »

  1. Dawn Freer said,

    February 11, 2018 @ 9:03 am

    Phillip! You’re back! I missed your posts all summer and wondered if you were signing off. I even quite checking the site. Today I just happened to check it and see that you’ve been posting again! That’s fantastic – you make my day!

  2. admin said,

    February 11, 2018 @ 12:46 pm

    Thanks Dawn! There’s some changes in the wind for birdaday, but I’m still plugging away, just not every day.

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