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Rare-in-these-parts sandhill cranes winter by the river

Sandhill crane Grus canadensis Eats plants, insects, fish. Nests on the ground. Bugling call can be heard for miles. Adults of both sexes are of similar size: 47.2 inches long with a 6.6-foot wingspan. Adults typically weigh 7.5 to 10.8 pounds. About the same size but bulkier than a great blue heron.

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