|Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw, Cochise County|
But - the snow birds that I really love arrive here on their wings.
|Roosting area at noon|
During this coming and going it is obvious that family groups are staying together and the 1st year juveniles are still with their parents.
|Sandhill family, two youngsters on the left.|
|Young Cooper's Hawk|
|Red Tail Hawk|
All 30,000 cranes seemed to be in residence last Sunday afternoon, while there were much fewer geese than in other years.
Of this day at Whitewater Draw I'll always remember the sounds: the constant croo-crooh calls of the cranes, from the ground, from the air announcing new arrivals, the deep whomp, whomp of their powerful wings, and the fast crescendo of wing beats when groups of ducks took to the air.