- View SourceCranes are moving through southeast Montrose today. We've had at least two groups of about 40 sandhill cranes go over the house heading south. Our son said that a big group flew over Cottonwood Elementary yesterday also.
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- View SourceHi all,
A flock of 48 Sandhill Cranes just flew over my house (presumably headed
towards a roost) to the northwest over connected lakes. Does anyone know if
there is a regular roosting site in Mesa County in the winter?
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Many Sandhill Cranes were late last fall in migrating south through the San Luis Valley, possibly because of the warm weather. Now I have not seen or heard of any migrating cranes northward, although the first spring heralds have been appearing in recent years in the first few days of February. They must have heard about all the snow and frigid temperatures in the Valley! By the way, the Monte Vista Crane Festival is scheduled for March 7-9. Schedule of events and registration form are available at Monte Vista Crane Festival, P.O Box 585, Monte Vista, CO 81144
Virginia Simmons, Del Norte
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I had my office window open, while being essentially glued to my desk, and hear this cacophony of Sandhill Crane calls. It took me a while to find them as they were very high, but there were several lines making up at least 500 birds flying over the Williams Fork Mountains. Kind of a nice pick me up on an otherwise average work day.
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- View SourceHi all,
A flock of about 80 Sandhill Cranes just flew over my house near Connected
Lakes. It looks as though they are heading for Escalante near Delta. This is
the biggest flock I've had here this fall, but I have had thousands fly over
here before. Does anyone know where these birds are coming from?
- View SourceToday, about 3:45 pm, about 100-110 birds were heard and seen in V-formation heading south. Then, over Grand Junction, they began to break up and form smaller flocks circling to find a spot for resting.Bob BradleyGrand Junction
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I wish one of you intrepid GJ birders would go on the big hunt to find where these birds roost.
Could or would the delta flock fly that far to forage?
Since those that you saw were heading East at the time when they would be returning to roosting grounds, I would say Go East. :-)
Bob Bradley wrote:There was one flock of 130-140 heading East about 4:30 p.m.Bob
- View SourceThere was a flock of 60-70 over north central Grand Junction today just before noon. They were circling for several minutes.Bob Bradley
- View SourceA 8:15 this morning there were about 50 Sandhill Cranes in the field adjacent to the small farm pond in Grass Valley just north of Harvey Gap Res. where the Harvey Gap Road ends in the T intersection with the back road between Rifle Gap Res and New Castle.
- View SourceMy first sighting of Sandhill Cranes in the San Luis Valley this season occurred today (approx 10:15 a.m., Sept. 13) over Colo. Hwy. 17 between Alamosa and Mosca, in the area of Stanley Road. I was driving so couldn't count, but there appeared to be about 20 birds.
- View SourceJust got some pictures and a phone call from Art(Lake Lenore) and he
told me that he was up at Crystal Lake(close to Red Mt.) and on the
lake were 4 Sandhill Cranes standing on the lake. Lake is frozen.
In his last picture the birds are facing south. This was mid-afternoon when he saw them. I thought this was worth posting.
Sue of Lake Lenore/Ouray
- View SourceAlso in the Redlands, as noted by Larry, were a group flying overhead but heard only because of clouds, heard from 5-10 min. about 1:15 p.m.Bob BradleyGJ
- View SourceThey are moving. Today between 11a.m. to noon there were three groups in Grand Junction, one each of 50 and 75 heading north and another of about 100 milling around overhead.Bob Bradley
- View SourceI saw and heard a flock of 18 over the Connected Lakes at 11:30am today. After some milling about they flew North.
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- View SourceSue HirshmanI had about 150 plus Sandhill Cranes fly over at 11:45a.m. at Lake Lenore. Nice to see and hear them.Also on the lake I have 7 Gadwalls, 2 Canada Geese, Mallards and 1 pied-billed Grebe. Yesterdaythere was a Spotted Towhee hanging around in the bushes.We received about 6 inches of that white stuff over night.Sue H.P.S. Hope this is not a repeat as I thought I sent this earlier.
- View SourceI road the river loop on my bicycle today. While fixing a flat, I heard some sandhill cranes in flight. So, after reading Bob Bradley's post yesterday, I think either the Delta wintering cranes are moving around up here, or we are getting the first of some early migrant cranes up from N. Mexico or elsewhere.Lee StigenGrand Junction