Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Pilgrimage to Steele, ND

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
When you are driving west on I-94 through the heart of North Dakota, it's hard to miss the World's Largest Sandhill Crane which lives in Steele, ND. I've been leading trips, giving talks, and digging the scene at The Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival in ND for the past six years and every June during the festival, I try to make the pilgrimage to this holy birding shrine.

You must approach Sandy with a mixture of caution and reverence.

It's a bit of a risk because he's perfectly bite-sized for a giant sandhill crane, but we let Liam pose beside Sandy's massive legs.

It's good to see you doing so well, Sandy. Until we meet again...keep your feet in the mud and your head in the clouds!


On June 10, 2009 at 4:08 PM RuthieJ said...

just think of the stories you'll be able to tell years from now, "back in aught-9, when Liam was barely knee-high to a sandhill crane......"

On June 10, 2009 at 7:45 PM Kathi said...

Give that kid an umbrella! Sandhill Crane droppings in your hair wouldn't be too much fun, especially when the bird is that big.


On June 10, 2009 at 9:20 PM Mary said...

Hi Liam! Somehow, get that photo and keep it - save it. It's a keepsake you will enjoy sharing in a few decades! I'm sure you have plenty of photos saved already but I love this one, under the giant Sandhill Crane.

Bill, glad you have visited another giant.