Thursday, October 25, 2012

Odds and Ends

It's cold and snowing.  Wawawa.  I haven't taken any snow pics yet, so I thought I'd post a couple of little odds and ends.

We live on the plains.  There's precious little water here, and consequently precious little waterfowl.  A Great Blue Heron visited back when we had torrential rains that filled the pond, and once we saw a few misguided Canadian Geese fly by.  That's it.  So imagine our surprise last week when we saw thousands of waterfowl in V formations, very high in the sky.  I only caught the last of them on camera, and it's not the best footage, but if you crank the volume up, you might be able to tell that it's...

Sandhill Cranes

For more information on Sandhill Cranes, and a much better look at them, click here for a youtube clip by National Geographic.

Remember this? 
Ron Stone left a comment identifying this as a hammermill.  He uses one to grind barley into flour.  Thanks, Ron.

The End


Ruth said...

Love the video :)
I thought that must have been some kind of grain machine.

Lori Skoog said...

Snowing!!! Ugh.

Kate said...

First, yuk to the snow.

Second, that makes sense about the hammermill -- the top piece looks like some type of grain chute. Very cool.

thecrazysheeplady said...

I've never seen a Sandhill Crane in real life. Cool!

Jim said...

WOW! Is right, Terry! That is an incredible sight to see. And just listen to them.
Great machine too....better than doing it by hand!

Kay G. said...

I would have been thrilled to have seen those sandhill cranes flying over, thanks for the video.

Inger said...

that's so fantastic, cranes!

Dreaming said...

I totally understand your surprise, and awe, at seeing the Sandhill Cranes. I saw them once while commuting to Parker when we were working on the house. I just sat there with my mouth hanging open!

thecrazysheeplady said...

That's it! How funny that I said I'd never seen one. I've actually heard them once before a year or two ago. I'm so excited to find out that's what they are :-D.