Date: 2/25/18 7:11 am From: Steve Seibel <sseibel999...> Subject: Thousands of Sandhill Cranes near north end of Quivira NWR evening 2-24-2018
Near sunset 2-24 I spotted (and heard) many Sandhill Cranes near the north end of Quivira NWR. I was parked near the "Pelican Pete" home site on the east-west road at the north end of the refuge, looking north and a bit east. Many more arrived in groups coming in from the north as I watched, during the period from about 6PM to 6:30 PM. I'm sure I saw at least 2000 total and maybe many more than that. At one point many of them flew en masse south across the road, passing over my head in the twilight, but later many or most returned back north to land back near where I spotted the first ones. Cranes were still in the air as it got too dark to see any more, around 7:10 or so, and they were still vocalizing loudly when I left the area around 7:20.