Bird #72 — Sandhill Crane

grus (crane) canadensis (of Canada)

Saturday, August 18, 1979 — 10:00 am

Barrington, Illinois — Crabtree Nature Center

As I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed a Sandhill Crane grazing with a flock of Canada Geese.  I approached within a couple of yards without disturbing it.  I gleefully added it to my life list without a second thought.

A few days later, I discovered this particular bird had been shot not long before.  It had been kept in captivity for awhile, then released when it was healthy.  It was hoped that it would take off with a flock of migrating cranes, but it seemed to think it was a Canada Goose.  It was usually seen in company with the geese and often joined them when they flew around the area.  The staff at Crabtree had named it Ichabod.  (After a couple of years, it finally linked up with a female crane and disappeared.)

So, to make it official, on Wednesday, October 3, 1979 — I saw a flock of 20 Sandhill Cranes flying over Crabtree.

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