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Sandhill Crane

September 11, 2018
Local photographer 'Cis' Ramsdell found this sandhill crane out in East Gull lake at the end of August and got these two pics of the bird preening its feathers. Taking notice of this bird's contortionist abilities, 'Cis' mentions, "That long beak comes in handy for grooming!" Submitted photos.
Contortionist crane at work
September 11, 2018 - 4:00pm
March 31, 2018
The sandhill cranes weren't here in 1978. I first heard their squawking calls from my deer stand many Novembers ago. It was with some interest that I first discovered their giant tracks in the soft mud near the creek that flows through our hunting land. PineandLakes.com Illustration
The Last Windrow: Much has changed since 1978
March 31, 2018 - 7:30am
April 22, 2017
Sandhill cranes are handsome in a subtle gray-blue plumage from head to tail, except for their young, whose body feathers typically show brown tones. A black bill, bright red "skull cap," and white face patch complete the handsome ensemble. PineandLakes.com Illustration
Inside the Outdoors: Unsung sandhill cranes are returning too
April 22, 2017 - 4:00am