July 1, 2010

Sandhill cranes.

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Seen in the late afternoon, today in the UW Arboretum.

13 comments:

Triangle Man said...

" They show extraordinary intelligence, even problem-solving. Especially the big one. We bred eight originally, but when she came in she took over the pride and killed all but two of the others. That one... when she looks at you, you can tell she's working things out. "

rhhardin said...

Ohio Heron southeast-bound, showing Wisconsin its tail feathers.

May 19

Meade said...

Dr. Triangle Man, after careful consideration, I've decided not to endorse your park.

David said...

I'm with Triangle.

Din-o-saur.

ricpic said...

The Abdul Jabbars of the bird world.

Lem said...

I´ve taken pictures and a video of a little dog that is easily the cutest little dog I´ve seen ever.

I dont know what breed it is.

His face is asymmetrical his entire head is all black and the rest of his body is all white.

His body is the same as that little dog in the TV show Frazier. but his head is pointy.. I dont want to say a horse because a horse head is maybe too long.. the dog´s head I´m trying to describe is not disproportionate.. its just a little different.. Its just cute.

Rh is going to love him.. I´m planning a Clicker page when I get back.

Lem said...

Its like a X between Spud Mackenzie and the little dog from Frasier.

wv - ligan

Irene said...

Lem, was the doggy a Smooth Fox Terrier?

k*thy said...

It's good to see the birds coming back. 20 years or so ago, we used to do the crane counts every April. A friend of ours was the volunteer coordinator, at that time, up at ICF in Baraboo and got us involved. It's one of the best ways I've found to enjoy a sunrise.

knox said...

Big birds are terrifying.

avwh said...

Sandhill cranes winter in and near the Delta here in N. Cal. The cranes roost in standing water in the marsh overnight to avoid predators, then “blast off” (usually in pairs or groups) for breakfast at sunrise.

My favorite (thanks to sunrise light):
http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p59610852/h3c645475#h3c645475

Original Mike said...

I bet they taste like chicken.

Triangle Man said...

@Meade

My park's current problem is not raptors, it is trumpet vine. Any suggestions for eradication?