Friday, March 27, 2009

A Craning We Shall Go

If you're into birdwatching, especially waterfowl, the Nebraska's Platte River Valley is one of the best places to observe their migration. While our previous tries last fall to observe Snow Geese were less than successful, we are hoping that this weekend's excursion to see the annual Sandhill Crane migration will be more satisfying.

We've been planning this short trip for a few weeks. The weather forecasts earlier this week looked bad - snow, rain, and cold - but, as they often do, the forecasts have changed, this time to the better. The snow and rain are out of the forecast and the temperature has risen a little.

The Wife's niece RN will be house/Homer sitting while the Wife and I head west to the Kearney - Grand Island area in search of Sandhill Cranes. It's about a three hour drive but, since the birds are best observed at sunset and sunrise over the Platte River, we will be staying in the area to maximize our chances.

I will have my camera of course and I hope to get some good pictures. If I get some good ones, I will post them.

Even if I don't get any good pictures, just getting out of town will do us a world of good. Even a Holiday Inn in Grand Island with a pool and hot tub sounds like paradise. Wish us luck.

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