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The Whitehurst Diaries: Sandhill Cranes Migration

'The birds winged through cloud wisps and jet trails over Big Creek Valley, veering southwestward' - SHARON WHITEHURST
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By Sharon Whitehurst

The slanting November sun had made short work of the afternoon and was already sliding toward the trees that mark the western boundary of the farm.

Jim and grandson Devin were stacking firewood while indoors I cleared a project from my desk. A shout from outside sent me flying to the back door where the men were pointing at the sky.


The rasping voices of sandhill cranes heralded their progress as they beat across the sky from the north in ever-shifting formations.

We gazed at them with the sense of primeval wonder which such sights always inspire. The birds winged through cloud wisps and jet trails over Big Creek Valley, veering southwestward.

The last shush of beating wings passed overhead, the strident cries of the cranes fading as the sun withdrew behind the woods, leaving a blanket of red-gold and smokey lavender to briefly mark its path.

The dooryard settled into the sudden quiet of a November evening, the cooling air rich with the scent of rising woodsmoke and the sharp tang of freshly split maple. -SHARON WHITEHURST


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The Whitehurst Diaries: Sandhill Cranes over Gradyville, Ky



2011-11-27 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
The rasping voices of Sandhill Cranes heralded their progress as they beat across the sky from the north in ever-shifting formations. -SHARON WHITEHURST.

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Sandhill cranes, almost perfect V



2011-11-27 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
'We gazed at them with the sense of primeval wonder which such sights always inspire.' -SHARON WHITEHURST wrote with this photo as the birds formed an almost perfect V.

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Crane flight formations ever changing



2011-11-27 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Everchanging formations of the Sandhill Cranes were fascinating to watch, even more so than the intriguing patterns of the crisscrossing man made contrails which fill the skies over Gradyville, more than most places.

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Sandhill Cranes and contrails



2011-11-27 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
The ancient Sandhill Cranes overlay their timeless mark across the jet contrails in perfect alignment for an anachronistic game of tic-tac-toe. The birds winged through cloud wisps and jet trails over Big Creek Valley, veering southwestward - SHARON WHITEHURST.

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Sunset as Cranes go out of sight



2011-11-27 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
After the last shush of beating wings passed overhead, the strident cries of the cranes fading as the sun withdrew behind the woods....the dooryard settled into the sudden quiet of a November evening, the cooling air rich with the scent of woodsmoke and the sharp tang of freshly split maple. -SHARON WHITEHURST

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