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Sandhill cranes! Time to watch them in the Delta!

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at 7:02 am in Sandhill crane.

Sandhill cranes have arrived at Holland Tract in the Delta. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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The sandhill cranes have arrived on Holland Tract, along with winter!
Dave Harper, Oakley, California

Now is the perfect time to head out to Holland Tract (
and other parts of the Sacramento River Delta area to see the many migrating waterfowl that have arrived to spend the winter. Be sure and take your binoculars and your bird identification books! And a lunch and something to drink. You’ll have a great time birdwatching (while keeping an eye out for beavers, river otters, mink and who-knows-what-else you might run into. I love that place! /Gary

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3 Responses to “Sandhill cranes! Time to watch them in the Delta!”

  1. Rattakin Says:

    Thanks for the info, we’re going to check this out. Sounds like a fun day!

  2. Chris Says:

    Went out today and it was magical. Cranes,egrets,herons white pelicans and ducks ducks ducks. But what is up with hunters out there? We saw several guys in camo outfits and then off in the distance the sound of shots. I don’t know if this is allowed out there but come on people! Enjoy the beauty.

  3. Wake up Chris Says:

    Chris – it is currently waterfowl season, which allows for properly licensed hunters to take Waterfowl, according to federal / state regulations.

    So anytime from 1/2 hr. before sunrise to 1/2 hr. before sunset each day, until 29JAN12 you may hear gunfire.

    Hunting is legal & allowed on many areas within the Delta. There have been hunters using the Delta for generations upon generations, some places are well-known for hunting. The tradition of waterfowl hunting in the Delta goes back many, many years.

    Furthermore, the funds generated by hunters (EG – from sales of Federal Waterfowl Stamp, Licences, etc) and various entities (Such as Ducks Unlimited, California Waterfowl Assn’) lend to an inordinate amount of habitat restoration.

    The habitat restoration provided by the revenue generated secondary to hunters affords birds of several varieties the ability to winter, feed & breed. In fact – the volume of birds that are attracted & survive as a result of habitat restoration FAR outweigh the numbers of birds taken by hunters.

    So while you are enjoyinh the beauty, hunters are as well. Arguably, some of the areas in which you enjoy are accesible & offer bird habitat BECAUSE of hunters.

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