For the last couple of days, Sandhill Cranes have been migrating north and flying over Edmonton. The flocks are so large there must be thousands in each of them.
I don’t have the right equipment to get a photo because they fly so high up in the sky and far beyond the capability of my camera. Fortunately, others have been able to take some pictures that I have included here.
The birds fill so much of the sky that photographs cannot do justice to the scene. Imagine turning your head to your far left and then turning to look to your far right and seeing cranes in the entire view of the sky.
Also, the sound they make is very distinctive. Even though they are so far aloft, collectively they make a very loud noise. It’s a bit like the sound of geese, but different. You can hear them on the website for the National Parks Service Natural Sounds.
Here is a map of the migration route provided by allaboutbirds.org.