Half a million visitors
I'm speaking of sand hill cranes of course. They hve been here for almost a month and i expect they will be here for another month at least.
Seems like there are a half million bird watchers too. All the motels are full and if you want to eat out there probably is a long wait.
Some very expensive looking cameras and binoculars are hanging around their necks.
Jane Goodall, the primatologist is probably in the bunch. She is here yearly, usually at the Rowe Sanctuary. Says it is one of the most amazing and thrilling sights of nature.
Oddly, there is a common crane wwith a group of sand hills. That happened 2 years ago too. They are a bird of Eurasia and normal area would be in Siberia. Would sure like to know how that bird got mixed up with the others.
There is another group of birders that go out of Mullen NE, they are called Chickens and Stars. Groups go out in the sandhills to watch the mating dances of the prairie chickens and greater sharp tail grouse. It is really unique in nature. The stars part comes at night when the best night viewing area in the country is in the sand hills. Almost no light pollution from any land lights. Tjhe nighttime sandhill sky is amazing, you never realized there were so many stars.