Ever since we moved here we have heard about the thousands of Sandhill Cranes that spend the winter in southeastern Arizona. This year the paper said there were over 32,000 near Willcox, Arizona so we went to see them. The cranes have wingspans of more than 6 feet and a history dating to the Pleistocene Epoch (nearly 2 million years ago). They migrate from the United States mountain states and parts of Canada and begin arriving in Arizona in early October. They begin leaving on their return migration in mid-February.
Well, 32,000 and we could not find them. Well, we did find a flock flying in the sky in the distance (last picture). The noise these cranes make is very loud and we were way far away. We cannot imagine being right by them. We followed the hints for seeing them and went to one of their favorite roosting places at sunset, but nada. Oh well, we had a wonderful picnic dinner. We are going to try again next year.
The scenery on the drive there, as well as, when we were driving around the lake looking for them was beautiful, it was 68 degrees and sunny – no 32,000 cranes, but a beautiful day.