Crane chicks complete their first migration with their parents, who teach the young birds their migratory route. 5. Size is the primary way to distinguish between the two, but the birds are moving around so much I can’t tell the difference, and it doesn’t really matter anyway. Sandhill Crane Migration. In this March 15, 2018 image, sandhill cranes fill the sky near Gibbon, Neb. I’ve never heard anything as loud yet beautiful before. Migrating sandhill cranes fill the sky at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at … Migration. NPS/Patrick Myers. As the sun starts to set, the sky is filled with the silhouettes of the sandhill cranes flying in a V-formation.

A pair of sandhill cranes flies over San Luis Lakes State Wildlife Area, with Great Sand Dunes and Mount Herard in the Background.

7. Sandhill cranes are an iconic species of the San Luis Valley - majestic, large, and wild. Three subspecies live year-round in Florida, Mississippi, and Cuba.

En route, more than three-fourths of all sandhill cranes use migratory staging areas in a single 75-mile stretch along Nebraska's Platte River. Watching sandhill cranes come in to roost each night is a special occasion. Cranes do not recognize political boundaries during migration, which unites diverse countries under the common goal of safeguarding cranes.
4. Their bugle call is a distinguishable sound you’ll appreciate. 6. You’ll see and hear hundreds of birds flying overhead as they return to their sandbars from a day in the fields. Every crane seems to be trumpeting nonstop. Via webcam, migrating sandhill cranes soothe a self-quarantined world. Resident to long-distance migrant. Our guide explains that there’s a 60/40 split between two subspecies -- the lesser sandhill cranes and the greater sandhill cranes.

Some Sandhill Cranes breed as far north as Siberia and migrate to their wintering areas in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Three other subspecies migrate from northern North America to the southern United States and northern Mexico.