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    Did anyone else get to see and hear the cranes flying over central Indiana today? (Sunday) I'm not sure if these are whooping cranes or sandhill cranes. Does anyone know? It was REALLY neat to see them overhead--way up high.
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    Didn't see them, but I wish I had.
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    • #3
      No, I missed them. 95% sure they were sandhills, they are really the only big bird we see in central Indiana that migrates through in big flocks, as the geese we see are mostly just locals messing around, and the whooping cranes are still pretty rare, I think. The ducks do it at night, mostly.


      I love hearing their voice, and seeing them. Some of them had a short trip down south, as the hardy ones were still heading south in late Dec and early Jan, or even later.

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      • #4
        I saw a huge flock of them, thought it was geese at first, then when they got closer I could tell they weren't.
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        • #5
          whooping cranes are still very rare, although they are making a big comeback. I don't remember the exact numbers, but at one time they were down to 20 and now are more like 260. I read the other day where a pair of them were seen in TN, so it's possible they came over Indiana. I don't know if that is their normal route, but basically they come from Michigan (don't quote me on that part) and winter in South Texas. There may also be some in Florida.
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          • #6
            Heard some sort of weird flocks of birds going overhead as I was fixing shingles on my roof! Several groups.
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            • #7
              Went out yesterday with a photographer friend & saw a flock of sandhills just north of Montezuma yesterday; they are amazing birds to see & really will let a person get relatively close. Just a short distance away was a flock of approximately 15 trumpeter swans - they'll be heading north very soon. It's just amazing to see them in the wild. Also saw about 20 bald eagles heading to the Wabash at sunrise, which is an awesome sight.

              I just didn't realize what an amazing variety of avian life there is so close to home!
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              • #8
                ...I suppose because of my occupation I had thought that the topic was something along these lines;



                As for the actual topic, no I must have missed them.
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                • #9
                  i noticed a whole bunch of cranes in a field along the river coming across southern crossing road here in colmbus this morning.

                  unfortunately, i did not have my camera with me.
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                  • #10
                    They were most likely sandhill cranes. The whooping cranes are still few. The Jasper-Pulaski State Fish and Wildlife Park in Indiana gets a lot of them as they migrate.
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                    • #11
                      We were out in Kempton IN. (western Tipton County) and saw the cranes flying over. Their general flight direction would have been towards the Jasper-Pulaski area.
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                      • #12
                        I saw them hanging (flying) around the Wal Mart parking lot at I-65 and Lafayette Road Saturday afternoon.
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                        • #13
                          I saw them AND heard them...

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                            Went up to the Jasper-Pulaski State Fish and Wildlife Park early last December.

                            Beautiful birds. You could watch them circling way up high and then they'd descend to the area pictured.

                            This field was full of deer as well.

                            Not race cars, but kinda cool....

                            I took this one shooting through the cheap binocular thingies the park has...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by indyracefan
                              ...I suppose because of my occupation I had thought that the topic was something along these lines;



                              As for the actual topic, no I must have missed them.


                              I read about a heavy equipment show in Houston, probably 20 years or so back. The equipment shown was so heavy they only had the show something like every 4 years instead of annually like most product shows. They dug a hole in the parking lot 8' deep, filled it with cement for a foundation, then built a crane to build a crane to build the crane they were showing. That was a big crane.
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