Even as I write this the sky is loud with the sounds of the Sandhill Cranes (above) on the east of us and the Canadian Geese on the west of us! Both species group together in great numbers, filling the air with distinctive cries...the Sandhill Cranes have a rolling sound
the Canada Geese sound close to their calls but more honking in tone.
The Sandhill Cranes are staying in the field just above ours, but across the canal…there are hordes of them. I wish I could have gotten a good photo, but it just wasn’t possible. When I’m outside and both species are flying the sky is full of sounds.
The Canada Geese seem to be on the Buttermilk Creek…spending the night (it really isn’t safe down there—coyotes and big cats and other types of predators also live around the Buttermilk. But so do Mr. Davis’ cows and calves. The geese flock close to the cows, then in the morning rise up and head toward Delta and Confluence lake and the two rivers that converge there—The Gunnison and the Uncompaghre.
I’m sure thankful for the birds; makes the dreary days a little bit brighter. We also have fun little hordes of brown birds, of which the Junco seems to be a part …then the big hunting birds…Owls and hawks, ravens and crows. The birds of winter—there are more, but for today I share with you the Geese and the Cranes.
Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,