Thursday, June 15, 2006

Bird of Steele

Thursday, June 15, 2006
Steel yourselves, my faithful BOTB readers. You are about to visit the most popular tourist attraction in Steele, ND. It is a giant sandhill crane. And I have featured it here in BOTB before, but never like this.

Harmless enough from a distance, charming even, the Steele sandhill crane. By the way, that birdbath by the rocks is WAY too small for the crane to use.

On Saturday, June 10, 2006, just before I went to my sacred place, I dropped into the charming ville on I-94, known as Steele, North Dakota. This is the home of the World's Largest Sandhill Crane.

I think, in the interest of accuracy (as a magazine editor, I'm a member of the elite liberal media) we should add the word "Manufactured", or even "Steel" to that description, since this is not a wild, free-flying sandhill crane of gargantuan proportions. Rather it is a human-made structure that draws tourists off the highway much as certain things draw flies.

The Steele crane is not ugly, but it is ginormous. I spent a few moments communing with it, snapped a few digital images, and went along my way, satisfied to have added this species, in person, to my life list of Giant Things.

You can tell at least one lawyer has visited. So what, is this bird not potty trained?

Oh, dude! What creature on this green earth could've left giant dark piles of steaming...Oh no! No way! The Steele crane is... ALIVE?


On June 16, 2006 at 8:59 AM Rondeau Ric said...

..aren't you glad an elephant can't fly?

On June 16, 2006 at 10:41 AM Anonymous said...

I love your Giant Things posts. I think you should create a separate blog only for Giant Things, ask for submissions, and see where it takes you.... Grace

On June 16, 2006 at 11:53 AM Rondeau Ric said...

Grace that idea is scary.
You do realize the type of people BT3 knows, don't you..... weird foreigners, weed pickers and (gasp) birders.

On June 16, 2006 at 12:04 PM Bill of the Birds said...

An excellent idea, Grace. One gets tired of birds and haiku after a spell.

Bring on the submissions!

On June 16, 2006 at 1:16 PM Anonymous said...

I can count on you for a laugh, a surprise, or a quiet reflection. Thanks for the wonders of your blog.

On June 18, 2006 at 11:00 PM janet said...

Have you seen the giant piping plover in Chaplin, Saskatchewan? I'm feeling an odd need to make a pilgrimage.