Grant County Field Guide: Sandhill Crane

Grant County Field Guide: Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes are large, gray birds that are often found in grasslands and wetlands. Cranes have a long beak, long legs, red forehead patch and white cheeks. They mate for life and stay with each other year round. The female crane lays two eggs each year. The hatchlings are referred to as colts. The adult pair migrates south as a group with their offspring of the year.

Habitat: Wet grasslands, meadows, marshes and bogs. Often seen feeding in cultivated fields.

Range: Sandhill Cranes breed in Alaska and Canada, and in some places in the western continental United States. Cranes migrate through and breed in Eastern Oregon. They winter in the southern United States.

Where to see them: Cranes can be seen in the open grasslands of Logan Valley. Outside of Grant County, the Malheur Wildlife Refuge south of Burns can be a good place to observe cranes.

Grant County Field Guide is a new feature of the Blue Mountain Eagle. Readers can submit questions about local flora and fauna to the Blue Mountain Eagle, 195 N. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845, or editor@bmeagle.com

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