Sandhill Crane Migration

Single sandhill crane being trailed by a raven above the farm in Metchosin. We saw this on two different days.

Each year at this time of year we get a small number of sandhill cranes migrating over Southern Vancouver Island. Having grown up in Saskatchewan I was familiar with the migrating flocks with their characteristic warbling call.  I was surprized to find that they also nested up the coast of British Columbia.


Today at noon we saw a pair  right down in front of our house in the sheep pasture. Got a few hasty pictures:

This presentation by Krista Roessingh  tells the story about one of their their nesting sites.