Sandhill cranes

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Sandhill cranes

Any reports on sandhill cranes in central ND? Maybe the McClusky, Arena, or Braddock/Long Lake areas? Thx!

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UPDATE; There are a few cranes around Long Lake, but very few were seen (maybe 200-250 total).  It seems the main flight has moved further West as compared to years' past.  LL used to be a major concentration point as they flew south, however, it seems every year there's less & less.

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Flyway hasn't shifted West they just don't come South as early as they used to just like all the other birds. They will hang in Canada till around the same point the snows come down and will likely peak around deer season if we don't freeze out. There are still a few that are calendar birds but most are weather birds now. As for having seen any there were 50 or so around Mackenzie Slough on Saturday.