Sandhill Cranes ride high in the sky.
This pre-flight trial to test the young.
Circling higher, feathering the clouds.
Is this the last time we see them?
Four long months until their return.
Anticipating next spring's first sighting,
and the ancient, rattling call of the crane.
© 2013 Richard Havenga
Listen to these calls of the Sandhill Crane from: Cornell Labs.
1, 2, 3 - Home Land
4. Parnell, Kent County, Michigan