Sandhill Cranes –

sandhill crane migration

Sandhill Cranes –

When Sandhill Cranes migrate they travel in large flocks.  Thousands at a time pass over in the spring and fall.  They have a wonderful call that sounds big and wild.  Cranes form large bands of several families to forage for food and have greater protection from predators.

Sandhill cranes always fly south for the winter, like many other birds do.  Many of them winter in Texas.  In the summer, they are up north in Canada and Alaska.  They fly thousands of miles during this annual migration.  Scientists don’t really know how birds figure this out, but they keep doing it year after year.

Cranes have five distinct tip feathers on the end of each wing.  I think they look like five fingers on a hand.

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