The Sounds in the Sky—Sunday, November 30, 2014

CranesEven 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,






16 thoughts on “The Sounds in the Sky—Sunday, November 30, 2014

  1. I love these! I’ve started being really interested in birds too. Don’t know if you ever saw it, but there’s a really cute film called The Big Year? about bird watching on a very serious level. Have you seen it? So happy that the symphony has come to you. Enjoy it while it lasts. x


  2. The geese and cranes overwinter with you and then come back to us in the Spring where they breed and raise their young. Junkos come thru in the Spring and stay a couple of weeks and then again in the Fall on their way south. I listen for the big birds around March as they are the first sign that Winter might be waning. You are blessed to have so many of these great birds with you all winter.


  3. Your videos are great! The city to the east of me has thousands of the Canada geese! I heard some Sandhills cranes flying over a couple of days ago. I, too, enjoy all their sounds. Glad you have so many of them close by to enjoy. Mine just fly over!

    I just hung out my winter bird feeders yesterday while the weather was so beautiful. I feed the finches year round, but love to feed the juncoes when they get here at the beginning of Winter. I have one pair here right now.



  4. Love the sounds of geese! Sometimes you think there are thousands, but just a few….the noise is awesome.
    My ” little ” horned owl in the ponderosa pines is still hanging around. He’s been eating mice! And leaving my yard birds alone! We made a deal…you leave the yard quail alone, I leave you alone! 🙂


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