An Afternoon Drive

An afternoon drive to Hop-In Refuge allowed us to view Sandhill Cranes which are wintering in West Tennessee.
Then, driving along the back roads in the area, we spotted a Northern Harrier flying low over a farm field in search of small prey …
… and a Great Blue Heron, which seemed out of place standing in a field of long white turnips or radishes.
We found more Sandhill Cranes out foraging in the vegetable fields …
… and blasting out their bugle calls from overhead.
Dried Queen Anne’s Lace heads decorated the roadside ditches, reminiscent of summer days gone by.
“I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow, and each road leads you where you want to go.”  ~Rascal Flatts

21 thoughts on “An Afternoon Drive

    • There must have been something out in that field that the Heron was interested in. 🙂 I’ve read that several thousand cranes winter in this area. A lot of them stay on the refuge, which is closed in the winter, so that makes it hard to get pictures up close.

  1. I am surprised so many of these Cranes and the Heron were foraging in the vegetable field. At least they can find something to eat there – ours would be dead and brittle long ago. I hope I one day get to see a Sandhill Crane. We have them in the more northern suburbs, not near me though. You had a fruitful day Rebecca!

    • I hope you get to see one too. They are beautiful birds. Once you hear the sound they make, you’ll always know when they are around without even seeing them. Yes, I’d say we had a good day.

      • I just Googled to hear the sound of the Sandhill Cranes as I wasn’t sure I’d heard it in a video – yes, you are right, it is pretty identifiable isn’t it? Five cranes in the video and they made a ton of noise. I don’t see Trumpeter Swans often, but now can identify them by the whirring of their wings, a loud hum, even if it’s just a few of them. And their honking reminds me of the toy horns we had on our bikes when we were kids. 🙂 You did have a good day!

      • I had to search for a video of the Trumpeter Swans as I don’t recall ever seeing them out in nature. I love the sound they make and can certainly see how they got their name, and their wing flapping is a unique sound. Do you see these in the parks where you walk?

      • I thought it was unique too. I’ve seen the Trumpeters a few times but never got any photos of them. I also only saw two of them at a time and they were flying over water the first time and my photo didn’t do them justice and the second time was at my regular park I go to all the time and I didn’t have the camera out when they zipped by. They fly pretty quickly but it was the wing flapping I heard first. They don’t honk continuously like Canada Geese do.

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