We live beneath a Sandhill Crane flyway and have been waiting for their trumpets to sound this year. So far, we haven’t heard any although some may have flown over while we were asleep or otherwise engaged. But it may be a little early. We didn’t hear the first until October 27th last year.
But they are on their way. The USGS has satellite transmitters on at least three this year. They left Alaska and are at least as far south as the state of Washington. You can follow their progress on the USGS crane migration page and other birds on the main page.
You can also follow their migration here. We’ll report when we hear the first. It is one of the autumn rites of passage that make up for the absence of Hummingbirds and the coming of winter.
Sally King was the photographer.