March 2022 Sandhill Crane Northern Illinois Migration - Flying North

'Tis the season to hear a 'loud, rattling bugle call' from high up in the sky and look up to see a marvel of nature:  Sandhill Cranes flying (as a group) as part of their seasonal migration.  I've posted about this experience a few times here on the blog including last March when I shared video of the bugle calls. On my walk home from the train station this past week, I heard that familiar call.  And stopped, looked up and found the Sandhill Cranes flying high in the sky.  

Here, below, are a couple of photos of this group flying in a couple of 'v-patterns' high above Downers Grove, Illinois in mid-March.

I'm almost certain that my kids and Nat are tired of me stopping and talking about Sandhill Cranes, but I find them incredibly fascinating.  According to this post, there are about 20K Sandhill Cranes that migrate over Illinois.  I was fortunate to experience a couple hundred last week. 


  1. In Spring Grove, the Sandhill Cranes are back (or maybe they spent the summer). On my errands today, I drove past two pair in two different locations. It usually serves as a sign to me that summer has come to an end.

  2. I love sandhill cranes, they are absolutely fascinating. We have a mated couple who come back to our area every spring. They stop by our yard about three times a day. I have been able to get close up pictures of these amazing birds. They will be headed back with their two new babies soon and I will miss them.


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