|Sandhill Crane. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service.|
The Sandhill Crane is not common on the Pacific Coast, but can be seen during fall migrations. It can be mistaken, especially in flight, for both the very rare whooping crane and the Great Blue Heron.
Here are two quotations about the Sandhill Crane from Birds of Coastal BC by Nancy Baron and John Acorn:
"Although never abundant on the coast, Sandhill Cranes are a thrill to see, whether in the air or on the ground in an open field."
"Cranes mate for life reinforcing their pair bond each year with an elaborate mating dance. It has often been equated with human dancing, but the comparison seems forced until you see the real thing. Only the right dance steps, by each bird in turn, will take them to the next step in their courtship."
For background information go to today's entries at 10000birds.com (see link under Blogs I Enjoy). Or go directly to http://kyc4sandhillcranes.wordpress.com/
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