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Sandhill cranes! Time to watch them in the Delta!

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

Dave:
Now is the perfect time to head out to Holland Tract (http://bit.ly/xTJV15)
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

Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2012
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Sandhill cranes wintering at Holland Tract in the Delta

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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Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2011
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