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#1 rancho_gordo

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:15 PM

My mother has been a docent for the park that annually hosts an insane migration of sand hill cranes. They are wild and we went out to see them as they landed for the night, before our current nasty wet storm.













There were thousands of them coming in for a landing.

It was freezing cold but between the beauty, the noise and the fun of it, i could see being a birdwatcher.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:30 PM

You were in Jersey & you didn't let us know?
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 06:37 PM

QUOTE(ghostrider @ Jan 18 2010, 09:30 AM) View Post
You were in Jersey & you didn't let us know?


Do you have them in Jersey?
I remember someone from Texas asking how to cook them on eGullet once. I told my mother about it and she near fainted. She works at a sanctuary and the hunting is of course forbidden.
This was near Lodi.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 07:30 PM

We do have cranes, though I'm not sure if they are sand hill cranes. Blue herons & egrets are more frequently seen in our Meadowlands here. When I was working in NYC, I used to while away my brief commute on the train by looking for birds.

I was being a bit facetious, in that Lodi NJ really isn't near the Meadowlands.
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 07:42 PM

What is this "New Jersey" you speak of? It sounds dee-lightfull!

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:46 PM

We are known as The Garden State because everything smells so sweet!

And we're much better than the old Jersey.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 12:23 AM

Great pics, Steve! One of the things I really miss about living in Napa was seeing the cranes in the air...

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 12:25 AM

QUOTE(ghostrider @ Jan 18 2010, 03:46 PM) View Post
We are known as The Garden State because everything smells so sweet!

And we're much better than the old Jersey.


I have a set of "jersey" sheets and even a t-shirt made of the same! Is this new or old jersey? Either way, it's utterly decadent!

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