Weekly Puzzler Answer #129

Did you know last week’s puzzler? Are you lucky enough to live where this bird does, or perhaps you’ve seen it traveling over, in fall or spring during their migration.

A sandhill crane lands in a field

A sandhill crane lands in a field

It’s a sandhill crane! If you’ve been following my blog for very long you might remember me talking about a trip I took last spring to Nebraska to see MILLIONS of them migrating. I wrote a post featuring a video of sandhill cranes coming to roost on the Platte River.  This was another amazing experience I got to cross off of my “Bucket List” and share with my amazing husband. Anyone who likes birds should add this to their Bucket List–it is a sight to see.

Sandhill cranes are a striking bird, standing on long legs, just under 4 feet tall, with an impressive wingspan of 6.5 feet! Seeing millions, or even thousands in the sky above is a pretty impressive event. Have you witnessed this?

Sandhill cranes in flight

Sandhill cranes in flight

Do you know much about these attractive birds? Do you know where they live or why so many are in Nebraska each year, twice– in the spring and then again in the fall? Do you know how long they live or how long the young cranes remain with the adults? Do you know what’s special about their mating ritual?

Check back next week as they will be the Creature Feature. Have a great weekend! Check out the NEXT PUZZLER!

A poem from the walls of the Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River in Nebraska.

A poem from the walls of the Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River in Nebraska.

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