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Our first Sandhill Cranes: A fantastic sight

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By Barbara Armitage
The thing I like best about participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count is the synergy that it creates. I get as excited when my friends spot new birds as I do when I see a bird for the first time. Thanks to a good friend I had the chance to experience both Monday, February 21, 2011.

Wayne and I were just returning from bird watching out near Green River Lake when Lucille Lemmon called and said "you have to come see the Sandhill Cranes"! She had just turned off Hwy 206 on her way home and there they were feeding in a corn field. As close as we can guess there were about 200 birds in the flock.


Neither Wayne nor I had ever been privileged to see such a sight. I'd seen a few in flight now and then but this was fantastic.


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Birds of Kentucky: Sandhill Cranes off Ky 206



2011-02-24 - KY 206, Adair Co., KY - Photo by Barbara Armitage.
The Great Backyard Bird Count has a lot of unexpected thrills. One of the greatest for veteran bird watchers Wayne and Barbara Armitage was when their friend Lucille Lemmon spotted a flock of Sandhill Cranes off KY 206 and called them to come join her. There are over two dozen of the big birds in the photo above. Barbara Armitage says the whole flock on the ground must have totaled over 200.

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Birds of Kentucky: Sandhill Cranes up close



2011-02-24 - KY 206 area, Adair Co., KY - Photo by Barbara Armitage.
With the lens drawing the Sandhill Cranes up close the magnificent beauty of their form and color is more apparent.

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Birds of Kentucky: Sandhill Cranes take flight



2011-02-24 - Ky 206 area, Adair Co., KY - Photo by Barbara Armitage.
The Sandhill Cranes take flight from the field off KY 206. Barbara Armitage says she, husband Wayne, and Lucille Lemmon counted over 200 of the Big Birds. The photo was taken on Monday, February 21, 2011, the last day of the Great Backyard Bird Count.

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