What we hadn’t expected was a huge flock of 112 sandhill cranes! The total rose to 124 when we saw 12 in a later part of our trip.
This wintering flock is the largest I’ve ever seen outside of Nebraska.
In the end, we saw the shrike and two short-eared owls but they couldn’t match the wonder of so many sandhill cranes. 🙂
(photo by Steve Gosser, 2015)