What kind of bird is this?

Founder

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Anyone know what bird this is?

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OutdoorWriter

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Sandhills migrate all the way from northern Canada down to the deserts in AZ & elsewhere like the Bosque del Apache in NM. So you're liable to see them resting anywhere in between.

When I was hunting caribou in the NWT, we saw 1000s of them, and the same on my moose hunt in northern BC. At the latter, a big flock would stop on a tundra covered hill top & spend the night, then leave in the morning. And boy, do they make a racket, both when flying over & while feeding.

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EVILNR

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Used to see a lot of them when i lived in Central FL.
They loved subdivisions and golf courses.
Dumb as a sack of rocks, could kill em with a baseball bat.
 

Bluehair

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This is like one of those threads where the birdwatchers document their sightings. :)

Put me down for Dolores County; 8000’ ish. They do have a cool call. I was struck by how tall they are.
 

wytex

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Wait til you spook a pair trying to sneak across a meadow, they will do a scraping run while calling, loud enough to alert the whole area.
They like the high mountain meadows , we've seen them at 9,000 ft.
 

Blank

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We call them "damn side hill cranes"! Run into them all the time at 7-9000 feet while bow hunting elk here in Idaho. Scare the crap out of you in the dark, especially in grizzly country.
 

BIGJOHNT

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We had a pair in front of our cabin this year at 9500 feet. You could hear them coming in for a landing at Seven mile creek. They are loud. But pretty cool to see and listen to.
 

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