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Fri Jan 20, 2012, 12:57 PM

Sandhill cranes overwinter on Platte River

A rare and spectacular thing has happened along the Platte River west of Grand Island: People have seen and heard flocks of sandhill cranes in January.

About 1,000 sandhill cranes have overwintered along the river near the National Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary at Gibbon.

The majestic gray birds with red caps should be hundreds of miles south where it's warm at this time of year -- and not in Nebraska.

"I've been there 50 years and I've never seen it," said noted ornithologist and author Paul Johnsgard of Lincoln.

http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/nebraska/sandhill-cranes-overwinter-on-platte-river/article_8ffa2a2c-f7c3-5f74-81ee-918ee9cca331.html\


Proof that global warming is a hoax*.

(Do I *need* a sarcasm tag?)


(Spectacular pictures at the link.)

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Reply Sandhill cranes overwinter on Platte River (Original post)
LiberalAndProud Jan 2012 OP
MuseRider Jan 2012 #1
The Genealogist Jan 2012 #6
Denninmi Jan 2012 #2
louis-t Jan 2012 #4
Brickbat Jan 2012 #3
okieinpain Jan 2012 #5
MuseRider Jan 2012 #9
bemildred Jan 2012 #7
Stinky The Clown Jan 2012 #8

Response to LiberalAndProud (Original post)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 01:02 PM

1. We have massive amounts

of Canada Geese here in NE Kansas. While we always have some I can say that I never once saw a large flock headed south before the winter and still have not seen one. As I look out my window my 5 acre pond is full of them, never has been frozen solid this winter, and my pastures are full of them. I have ducks now that I usually only see during migration as they stop here on their way to other locations. I am not at all surprised to read this. It is very sad.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 01:32 PM

6. Canada Geese around here too

in SW Missouri. It is like they never left. Usually they have flown off to winter in more southerly climes. I think some may stay, but there are two "lakes" near me (they call them lakes, but they are more like oversized ponds that form part of the landscaping in a subdivision) that have a LOT of ducks and geese, and especially Canada Geese. When I lived in Tallahassee, I saw them in winter. But not here in SW Missouri.

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Original post)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 01:06 PM

2. They were overwintering here in SE Michigan as of a few weeks back.

Saw them after New Years in a field near the Clinton River in Waterford, Oakland Co.

I think all kinds of migratory birds have stayed north of their normal wintering range due to the mild weather.

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Response to Denninmi (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 01:17 PM

4. Wow, I was going to post the same thing.

Unusually mild in MI (until today, brrrr). Heard geese in Dec. Very unusual.

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Original post)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 01:07 PM

3. Grew up in Nebraska and went to see the cranes many times. Interesting that this is happening this

year. What will be interesting is whether it happens again next year, and years after that.

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Original post)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 01:21 PM

5. it's been really warm here in oklahoma too. got me to thinking

what is summer going to be like. those cranes might want to go south in the summer to find somewhere cooler. lol.

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Response to okieinpain (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 06:58 PM

9. OMG okie, we are really worried.

I know that it does not necessarily mean this summer will hold with higher than normal temps but if it does it will make last years month + of 100 degrees or greater seem like nothing. No moisture here either. They say we are not directly in a drought here where I am located but my pond is down between about 4 feet from last year, not frozen to hold in any kind of moisture and no snow. .2 inches so far, not once below 0 degrees. It is creepy.

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Original post)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 01:33 PM

7. Wow. The birds know. nt

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Original post)

Fri Jan 20, 2012, 01:37 PM

8. There is right wing sociopath who lives near there. I wonder what he thinks.

Up there near the roof of Nebraska, all alone in his life devoid of human contact, hopefully he gets to enjoy seeing these birds as the river flows by his back yard.

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