Friday, 10 August 2012

West Coast Creature Feature-The Somewhat Intimidating Sandhill Crane

Sandhill crane family, photographed by smallgirl
This month's West Coast Creature feature is the Sandhill Crane, a bird that I find a bit intimidating. The first time I saw one, it scared me because I rounded the corner on a local nature trail and BAM there it was, with its huge beak and yellow eyes. I wasn't expecting to see one and I'm rather petite, and it came up to at least my chest level. In my area, the resident sandhill cranes are known to be aggressive sometimes, which is understandable if nature nerds like me pop out of nowhere and surprise them. Anyways, the sandhill crane is beautiful, majestic, and can be found in wetlands all over North America, if you are lucky to spot one.

Happy birding!


  1. Hi Sarah,
    I love the way that your blog combines nature with crafts, it's such a perfect balance. I can understand why you find these Sandhill cranes slightly intimidating. They remind me of the Canada Goose which we have here in Engalnd. They can also be quite agressive but they are not as tall as the sandhill cranes, I would love to see one of these!!
    vicky xx

    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement Vicky! We have Canada geese here too and boy can they be agressive too, probably more so because people feed them seeds :)


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