Posted by: atowhee | March 22, 2013


Three of us went to Klamath Basin today to check on the thousands of birds passing through on their way north. Smong the ducks and geese were about 200 Sandhill Cranes. And at Howard Prairie in the Cascades there was another dozen cranes. The mated pairs spend the winter together and migrate together. Their partnership is partially held together by mutual dancing and vocal calls. Here are just some of the pictures I got today of dancing cranes.bustle (1280x960)

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Serous students of crane behavior have named manyof these elegant and athletci maneuvers: Bustle-up, strut, minuet, salute, tall-alert, jump-rake, ground-stab, object toss. Ths latter we saw frequentlytoday. The male apparently doing the grabbing of stick or stalk and then tossing it into the air. If you want to watch and follow allng, there is a laminated folding card you can buy at Northwest Nature or get from This handy guide shows you the many positions and moves and names each.


  1. Hi Harry, I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO KLAMATH on Sunday to see the large number of cranes. Would you share where you found them. Thanks, Kati (from the dog park with the wolf hybrid)

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