Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sandhill Cranes in Clarendon Vt

I found the Sandhill Cranes early this morning about 8:30am exactly where the Vtbird report said they were in Clarendon Vt. Between the snow flurries and the distance from the road to the birds a scope was handy thing to have to get good views. I made a few images, but was way to far away to get anything good and sharp. However the photos do show the different colors which Sibley described as "rust-stained" and "fresh plumage" . Also the images show a difference in size, the gray bird being taller by about 6 inches. It's anyone’s guess as to weather these birds are Greater or Lesser Sandhill cranes. To me it looked like one Greater and two Lesser Sandhill cranes.these last three images are cropped 120% to show the color and size difference.

I would like to hear from anyone that can shed some light on whats going on and why.


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