Leaping with Sandhill Cranes | BirdNote


Leaping Sandhill Cranes
Written by Bob Sundstrom

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[Large flock of Sandhill Cranes calling loudly]

Within the rosy glow of a dawn on a Southwestern marsh, a pair of Sandhill Cranes calls in unison. With a sleek leap, wings outstretched, the 2 cranes welcome the final days of February. [Sandhill Crane pair calls]

The stately cranes are courting, renewing an annual dance they carry out in earnest as the times lengthen into spring. The dance begins with a downward bow, the cranes’ lengthy, slender payments almost touching the bottom. Then, like monumental marionettes pulled deftly upward, the cranes leap a number of ft off the bottom, wings outstretched. Bowing and leaping, elevating and decreasing their wings, the cranes dance on because the solar rises. 

[Sandhill Crane pair calls]

Sandhill Crane pairs stay collectively for all times, and their spirited dance performs a vital position in reaffirming this bond. The cranes’ beautiful dance enhances superbly their wealthy, rolling calls – one in every of nature’s most memorable anthems. [Large flock of Sandhill Cranes calling]

The elegant Sandhills will leap and dance just a few days extra, earlier than migrating north to nest.

You’ll be able to see a video of Sandhill Cranes of their courtship dance, on our web site, BirdNote.org. I’m Mary McCann.                


Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Calls of giant flocks of Sandhill Cranes [2761] recorded by A.A. Allen; calls of pair of Sandhill Cranes [120249] recorded by G.A. Keller.
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Government Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2016 Tune In to Nature.org  February 2014/2016/2020/2022  Narrator: Mary McCann  
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