|Sandra and Connor at the visitors center|
At 6PM, we returned to the Audubon nature preserve called Rowe Sanctuary to sit in a blind on the Platte River while the Sandhills Cranes came in to roost at night. You've not experienced nature until you witness over 100,000 birds landing on the river from the surrounding fields for 2 1/2 hours! Yes, it took that long for all the birds to come in for the night. The sounds were incredible and the constant overhead flight of the birds was almost overwhelming. I recommend this natural event to any of you readers who are into natural phenomena and/or birds. These birds are magnificent!
|It's 6PM and the birds begin to come in for the night|
Me with Connor and Sandra bundled up with many
layers of clothes to stay warm in an unheated hut for
two and a half hours...on the river. What are we doing?
The view from the blind. Pretty sunset.
If you enlarge this picture you will see multiple V formations
in the sky heading to the river.
As it gets later, more birds fill the sky
As the birds land on the river, they form a somewhat single line from shore to shore and fill the river row after row seemingly solid for the night.
It's getting darker and they are still coming in to land on the river
This is a powerful video by the University of Nebraska and is just as we experienced it. Take a look and listen. Think about coming one spring to see this. I consider it one of the natural highlights of my life. It gave me the same feeling of wonderment and awe that I get when I look at the black night sky full of stars. Since I've retired I look for more of these natural moments, some huge like this and others small and sweet like the bluebirds in the birdbath. We just need to pay attention and be aware.
Our busy lives deaden us from nature so it's important to take time every day to notice something in nature that helps us feel connected to the natural world.
As the saying goes, "We are living on this planet as though we have another one to go to".