Date: 8/3/17 5:35 am From: 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Sandhill Cranes along Lower Niobrara?
The largest Sandhill Crane subspecies, tabida (“Greater Sandhill Crane”) breeds at a few locations in Nebraska. Perhaps the two you saw were tabida, which approaches Whooping Crane in height.
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Subject: [NEBirds] Sandhill Cranes along Lower Niobrara?
Saw a pair of sandhill cranes along the lower Niobrara river this weekend north of Verdigre, Nebraska. The lighting was not great and their size made me wonder if they were whooping cranes. We’ve seen whoopers in this same stretch in years past during migration, so wondered if it’s possible they could be whoopers?