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Mid afternoon was scoping from the pavilion parking
lot and I saw the Sandhill Crane across Red School Road with a
trumpeter group. Immediately went there could not find it.
Later after finding the Western
Grebe at the far east end of Ellis Bay I scoped south from
Riverlands way across the fields for the
Sandhill Crane, nothing.
I then saw many flocks of Greater White-fronted soaring in. Got
my scope on some and noticed something weird. Leading one flock
"V" of about 30 birds was a slightly larger bird with long legs
and long neck. It was the sandhill! The geese were actually
using the crane to block the wind. Every crane turn the V
followed very close. For about 15 minutes I keep the scope on
the crane group but finally lost it and but followed the many
groups that eventually spiraled down to the Heron Pond area.
Went to Heron Pond and couldn't find it, then tried Dragon Fly
Marsh from the pavilion parking lot. There it was. Still there at
4:45 when left.
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