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Sandhill Cranes?

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1 hour ago, douginBC said:

Very powerful and primeval sound

A friend of mine says they sound like they are from the dinosaur age.

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23 minutes ago, MerMaeve said:

A friend of mine says they sound like they are from the dinosaur age.

I think so too. Their early ancestors likely were. As for the latest version:

"A crane fossil found in Nebraska from the Pliocene period (5.3-2.6 million years ago) may be structurally identical to the modern Sandhill Crane, possibly making it one of the oldest known bird species still surviving!"

https://www.savingcranes.org/species-field-guide/sandhill-crane/

They (Greater SACR) recently expanded their breeding range north to our area and now regularly nest on our property so I have been lucky enough to hear them many, many times - and had all sorts of great close views as they have become more habituated. Now they forage right in front of our house sometimes! And even when you can't see them you can hear them a mile away under the right conditions. Needless to say, one of my favourite birds.

 

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18 hours ago, douginBC said:

I think so too. Their early ancestors likely were. As for the latest version:

"A crane fossil found in Nebraska from the Pliocene period (5.3-2.6 million years ago) may be structurally identical to the modern Sandhill Crane, possibly making it one of the oldest known bird species still surviving!"

https://www.savingcranes.org/species-field-guide/sandhill-crane/

They (Greater SACR) recently expanded their breeding range north to our area and now regularly nest on our property so I have been lucky enough to hear them many, many times - and had all sorts of great close views as they have become more habituated. Now they forage right in front of our house sometimes! And even when you can't see them you can hear them a mile away under the right conditions. Needless to say, one of my favourite birds.

 

Interesting.

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On 12/11/2017 at 4:57 PM, MerMaeve said:

A friend of mine says they sound like they are from the dinosaur age.

They sound like a creaky old barn door ....

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On 12/11/2017 at 5:57 PM, MerMaeve said:

A friend of mine says they sound like they are from the dinosaur age.

They nest during the summer up in central Idaho, in the middle of a valley with mountains surrounding... they will call from miles away and you can still hear them very clearly. it echoes around and they sound AWESOME 

(Check out this vid I posted, you can hear them in the background https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyVeO-P3AIs&t=1s )

 

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On 12/11/2017 at 5:34 PM, douginBC said:

I hope you get to hear one if you haven't already. Very powerful and primeval sound.

I got to hear Sandhill Cranes this morning! The first group of 19 flew nearby and the second group of 37 far off in the distance. You all were right. What a sound--even when far away! Unforgettable birding experience!

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21 minutes ago, tn_writer01 said:

I got to hear Sandhill Cranes this morning! The first group of 19 flew nearby and the second group of 37 far off in the distance. You all were right. What a sound--even when far away! Unforgettable birding experience!

YAY!!!

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