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Sandhill cranes wintering at Holland Tract in the Delta

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Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 6:53 am in Sandhill crane.

Sandhill cranes over Holland Tract. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) spend the winter at Holland Tract in the Eastern part of Contra Costa County, California, in the Delta about 40 miles east of San Francisco.

These enormous,  nearly 4-foot tall birds, are similar to herons. They have a very obvious red patch on their foreheads. As you can see, they are quite beautiful. My thanks to Dave Harper, of Oakley, California, for sending me these excellent photographs for our enjoyment. Thanks, Dave. /Gary

Sandhill cranes over Holland Tract. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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One Response to “Sandhill cranes wintering at Holland Tract in the Delta”

  1. Randy Finley Says:

    They can also be seen at Isenberg Crane Preserve and often at Consumnes Preserve in Galt, CA. I got a shot of sandhills in the fog new years morning at Consumnes.

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