With spring on our doorstep (9 days but who’s counting?) there are reports that a small number of Sandhill cranes have already returned to Wisconsin. If you follow the Rowe Sanctuary Live camera feed you no doubt, have noticed the cacophony of Sandhill bugles and trills has multiplied over the past week as they utilize this important staging area on their journey north. Currently the best viewing times are very early morning (Central time) and early evening, as the cranes arrive to roost in the safety of the water.
With the change in season’s each year since 2002, comes the question “when will the young Whooping cranes leave to head north”? In just the past two days, I’ve answered that question at least a dozen times and the response is: We just don’t know. They won’t announce their intentions, or pack any luggage but one day, very likely soon, they will rise up into the sky, catch a thermal and point their beaks north and just. keep. going.
Until then Brooke sent along some photos for us to share: