Publishing a the sandhill cranes from Ewing Bottom last weekend reminded me that I had never published this article on the sandhill crane migration from December.
Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area is a significant rest area on the sandhill crane migration from their summer homes in the northern Great Lakes to their winter nesting areas along the Gulf Coast. Indiana DNR reported over 17,000 cranes in the area in early December when this video was taken.
The cranes roost in the woods at night and disperse into farm fields to feed on grain during the day, but in early morning and late afternoon, they gather to socialize at Goose Pasture. The day I was a there, wave after wave of chortling cranes swooped in from the south like squadrons of WWII bombers.
Please don’t watch this video for production value; I hadn’t planned on recording, so it’s very amateurish. It will however give you a feel for the event.