Seeing the cranes in flight is an experience not to be missed. It is like no other bird I've ever seen. When they float down from the sky they seem more angelic than avian!
What was truly magical was the sheer and unimaginable quantity of Sandhill Cranes we saw! When we arrived at Whitewater Draw, the birds wintering 'loafing grounds', we were just in time to see hundreds upon hundreds descend from the sky. The sounds they make are indescribable - and very LOUD. Their calls can carry for miles, or so I've heard.
It wasn't long before hundreds turned into thousands upon thousand of birds! If my estimating skills learned from eBird were even close, then we saw about 10,000 Sandhill Cranes!