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Sandhill Cranes Migration-Thousands flying in at Sunset to roost on Platte River

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Published on Nov 2, 2012

The annual Sandhill Crane Migration through Nebraska will see about 500,000 Cranes stop over on the Platte River in Nebraska for about 3 weeks to feed in the cornfields during the day and roost in the shallow waters of the Platte River at night. This video is of several thousand Sandhill Cranes flying in at about sunset from feeding the nearby cornfields to roost on the Platte River for the night. The unusual and hard to describe "warbling - bugling" noise you can hear in the video gets VERY loud as more and more of the cranes fly in to take up their spots in the shallow protective waters of the Platte River near Grand Island, NE. An average Sandhill Crane has a wingspan of 5-6 feet, stands about 4.5 feet tall, and weighs about 12 pounds. The Cranes usually mate for life when they are between 3 and 6 years old after a lengthy courtship that includes some very elaborate and unusual "dances."
Video was taken from a high blind overlooking the river when the wind was blowing 25-30 MPH - which you can sometimes hear. www.NebraskaTravels.com

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