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The first day of Spring featured cloudy, breezy weather bringing in sleet, rain and snow. We got out for some birding with one of the highlights being Sandhill Cranes and Tundra Swans on Cameron Lake Road east of the lower Okaongan Valley. The birds flew right across the road, giving us excellent views and a good opportunity to hear them calling back and forth. We estimated there were 200 to 300 cranes and maybe 25 swans.

Tundra Swans

Sandhill Cranes along Cameron Lake Road in Okanogan County

Sandhill Cranes along Cameron Lake Road in Okanogan County

Sandhill Cranes along Cameron Lake Road in Okanogan County

Sandhill Cranes along Cameron Lake Road in Okanogan County

Sandhill Cranes along Cameron Lake Road in Okanogan County

4 Comments

  1. Beeeeautiful! I would love to have seen those guys. Mayhaps I’ll get over there. Any idea how long they usually stay in the area?

  2. Well Teri and Ken, at least you could have left my Sand hills alone!! We were there on the 20th. Had to walk a half mile to find them,but could not crawl on my belly, so they were still quite a way out there. No Swans on the whole Cameron Lk road thou. Missed it by a day. So goes wildlifw photography.

    Denny (really nice photos thou)

  3. I’d expect the cranes to be over in that area til mid April, maybe a little later. These are the early ones.

  4. Oh Denny. You can share.
    We were there on the 20th and did not ever leave the road. Most cooperative birds.
    Thanks
    teri


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