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Sandhill's

Postby MIKE J. » Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:35 pm

Had two Sandhill Cranes fly 15 feet over the blind this morning, They are amazing birds. This is the 3rd time I have seen Sandhills in SE Mass.
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby Baymen Moe » Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:38 pm

Seriously Mike? I'm quite the birder, but never seen a Sandhill. We did see a lot of shore birds today, yellow legs etc...And a Bittern.
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby MIKE J. » Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:49 pm

Absolutely 100% sure. I didnt get pictures of these 2 but will dig up so me from the other times. They were a dime a dozen in Wisconsin when I was stationed there. Got used to seeing them and you cannot mistake thier call.
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby Baymen Moe » Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:54 pm

That's awesome. I know their call. I'll be on the lookout. When I had Cody out, there were Sora all over the place. Never seen, but heard.
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby MIKE J. » Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:16 pm

The first time I saw them there were 3 down at Edaville, Then during the youth turkey hunt in 2012 we had 1 land in the cornfields over in Middleboro.
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby Baymen Moe » Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:03 pm

I've been out with Duxbury Conservation and Mass Audubon banding Osprey in late June, great stuff. Gotta watch your hat.
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby 2Firsts » Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:57 pm

There was a pair in Rowley two years ago, in October.
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby MIKE J. » Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:57 am

Here's the 3 from Edaville from a few years ago.
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby Joser06 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:14 pm

I wonder if they are wild or captive escapees
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby MIKE J. » Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:18 pm

Joser06 wrote:I wonder if they are wild or captive escapees


They are wild, each year the east coast is seeing more and more.
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby Joser06 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:46 pm

I have only ever seen them at the Stone zoo. Man are they big
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby MIKE J. » Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:49 pm

They are hunted in the mid west and it is pretty popular, Some claim they taste as good as Prime Rib.
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby native brookie » Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:09 pm

Mike, Messalonskee Lake (Belgrade Maine) now supports a few breeding pairs every year. I think there are a handful of other Maine spots that see a few, so I suspect some are breeding in Mass, too.

I saw some big breeding flocks when I lived in Michigan. Their spring mating dance is something to see.
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby cn44 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:52 pm

Had and awesome crane shoot up in Sask one morning this fall. Big birds with a lot of wing and leg. Mean SOB's too. I haven't grilled any of the meat up yet but slicing it for jerky it is extremely tender and almost falls apart.

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Re: Sandhill's

Postby CWA » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:16 pm

I have heard that they are great to eat. I have never had one before. Is that true?
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby MIKE J. » Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:00 am

I have been told it taste like Prime Rib.
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Re: Sandhill's

Postby MIKE J. » Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:02 am

Nice Job CN44 :thumbsup: Thanks for posting
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