Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of day—dare I say a very cold, cold day—deterred us from the completion of our appointed rounds.
Although several canceled because of the weather, a hardy group of well-bundled made the trip to Hiwassee to see the cranes. Oodles of sandhills were there but we sought the rare snow white whooping crane and after 30 or 40 minutes of teeth-chattering cold, we were rewarded with an excellent view of America's tallest and one of its most endangered birds.
Additionally, after a quick stop at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Overlook we got a wonderful view of a sub-adult bald eagle.
What more could we have wanted? Except perhaps a pot-bellied stove.
Many thanks to those that ventured out on such a dreary day.
- Bird species seen on the cold outing: 1) Sandhill crane 2) Whooping crane 3) Mallard 4) Hooded Merganser 5) Great blue heron 6) Eastern bluebird 7) Song sparrow 8) Ring-billed gull 9) Double-creasted cormorant 10) Red-tailed hawk 11) Turkey vulture 12) Black vulture 13) American kestrel 14) Bald eagle
- Story by Stephen Lyn Bales. Photos by Victoria Deren and Laura Twilley.