Date: 3/17/17 6:24 am
From: <mvjohnski...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Monte Vista Crane Festival last weekend
Good to see you still visiting the Valley. Was at the Crafts fair a few
times and enjoyed it. The full moon rising over the Sangres with birds
flying by was very special too. Take care friend.

John Rawinski
Monte Vista,CO

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:22:14 AM UTC-6, <KevyG......> wrote:

> The Sandhill Crane migration is in full swing in the San Luis Valley.
> I was there during the official festival weekend and saw the expected
> thousands of feeding, loafing and flying cranes, geese and ducks. Always
> an amazing spectacle.
> Four unexpected sightings were:
> - Seeing a dozen Bald Eagles congregate into a thermal just north of Home
> Lake late Friday morning, ride the air up and head north.
> - A very leucistic Red-tailed Hawk hanging around near the intersection of
> Roads 8S & 5E, reported by others later as being harassed by a Rough-legged
> Hawk. The bird had a few random dark feathers and an orangey bill. A
> friend got pictures that I'll share with anyone who's interested.
> - A lone Tundra Swan seen Friday evening in the ponds along Colo 15 just
> south of the old Refuge HQ, seen again flying the next morning.
> - An extended flow of cranes from the south Sunday morning, apparently
> they'd flown up overnight from the Bosque del Apache region. Line after
> line (do we call them skeins when they're cranes?) of birds appearing as
> dust flecks in binoculars trained on San Antonio Mountain, a new line
> appearing every few seconds for the two hours I watched, getting closer
> and closer till visible with the naked eye. I've seen the feeding flocks
> and flyouts many times over the years, but this is the first time I've
> experienced a massive influx of cranes migrating up from the south. It was
> something to behold.
> Keep Smilin',
> Kevin Corwin
> Sent from my Remington Rand Typewriter via my Wall Phone

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