The ‘greatest aerial show on Earth’ arrives in California

Sandhill cranes are stars of the Pacific Flyway migrations.
Jean Landry

It’s that time of year when California hosts what the outdoors writer Tom Stienstra has called “the greatest aerial show on Earth,” as millions of migratory birds travel south down the Pacific Flyway in search of food for the winter.

Along the way, they make pit stops in the wetlands of California. First come the shorebirds like avocets and sandpipers. Then it’s the warblers, orioles, and flocks of waterfowl such as geese and ducks.

The most majestic creature of all may be the long-legged sandhill cranes. An ancient species with a fossil record of 2.5 million years, the bird is often likened to a raptor: standing up to four feet tall with a wingspan of seven feet.

You can see them right now at nature reserves in MercedLodi, just west of Modesto, and along the Cosumnes River near Elk Grove. If you’re lucky, they’ll perform one of their spirited courtship dances, forming pair bonds that last for life.

Check out this map with updated sandhill crane sightings across California. 👉 Sandhillfinder

— This entry was written by Meg Bernhard, a journalist from California.

About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit, Transplan, San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority and RD 2137, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction
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2 Responses to The ‘greatest aerial show on Earth’ arrives in California

  1. Kevin says:

    Thanks Bill. US Steel bought Posco out earlier this year and we are now called USS UPI or simply UPI.

  2. Bill Smith says:

    Thank you for sharing, Kevin. I hope you are doing well as are the folks at USS POSCO. Say hello to them! Bill Smith for TEKsystems, Inc.

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