My sister, Diana and I participated in a viewing of the reclusive Sandhill Cranes that took place in a blind established at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (RNWR) just 20 miles northwest of my home.
We were part of a 30 person group who were transported by van through gated/no public access roads, then walked about a quarter mile (half k) to the viewing site.
In other parts of the country, Sandhill Cranes are gregarious — not so in the Pacific Northwest where they are uncommon, and will leave the area if disturbed by humans.
Thousands of Sandhill Cranes migrate through the Pacific Northwest in spring and fall. Diana and I had promised ourselves this adventure for three years — now we’re hooked! At dusk, as the group walked out more cranes flew in. These photos are the best I could get with movement and low light.