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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.                

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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  
ID# 2008-02-29-SACR-01   SACR-01b

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