Migrating birds have been flying over the ranch for days now and sometimes for up to 10 minutes for one formation to pass over! You can see why it is so spectacular --- thats alot of birds. This morning when Mark first went outside he heard migrating birds nearby that sounded like they were still on the ground, so we grabbed the camera and went to find them. Not far from home, we found the snow geese and the Canadian geese in a field and this is what we saw...
|From a distance, they looked like a grey and|
|As we got closer, they began lifting off the ground...|
|They are in the air moving north...|
Pictures don't do justice to the experience. This migration of tens of thousands of birds in our area of Nebraska brings people here from all over the world.
|The Common Crane of Europe |
visiting NE this year
I've seen the migration for several years now and I never get over the awe that these creatures fly such great distances every year...and in such huge numbers.
Nebraska Game and Parks says..."Witnessing the gathering of half a million cranes under a blazon Nebraska sunset stirs our senses and sparks our imagination like few experiences can. What better way to rejuvenate your spirit than with the sights and sounds of such a spectacle with a cold March wind slapping your cheeks?"
"Cranes are among the oldest living birds on the planet. Fossil records place Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska more than nine million years ago, long before there was a Platte River, which, by comparison, is only a youthful 10,000 years of age. The landscape then was savanna-like and its inhabitants were more like that of modern East Africa; varieties of rhinos, camels, and elephants long since extinct. Yet cranes survived and watched as American bison, pronghorn, and wapiti evolved on the prairies. Humans now dominate the landscape having replaced the bison with cattle and the prairie with corn and concrete. This startling transition occurred in less than 150 years, a mere blink of an eye in geologic time!" For more, read at http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/wildlife/guides/migration/sandhill.asp
Watch this video called Crane Song to hear the cranes.
Those of you who know me know that I am a bird lover and am extremely concerned about the health of our environment not only for us now but also for the birds as well as our children's future. I'm not against progress but I do want us to be careful and respectful of our environment. It is becoming a passion for me. This is paradise for a bird lover and I want to see it continue for years and years to come.
Our goal is to live fully in each season and here in south central Nebraska, this is the season of the magnificant bird migration.