For me the highlight of any trip to Montezuma NWR is a Sandhill Crane sighting. This wasn’t the most we’ve seen on a visit, but it certainly beat the weather last time — temps barely above freezing, howling wind, and occasional blinding horizontal snow squalls.
On this day, though, conditions were ideal, at least meteorologically. Road conditions, though… not so much. The birds were hanging out at Knox-Marsellus Marsh so we turned onto the dirt Towpath Road. The last time I was there it wasn’t bad so we headed down optimistically. Well, that didn’t last long. A few potholes, then more, and soon they turned into muddy pits across the entire road. I got tired of scraping the sides of the car so we decided it was wiser to park and walk the last half mile in.
And when we finally got there:
I love the one lying down like a long-necked hassock.
I get so excited seeing 14 Sandhills –my heart would fly right out of my chest if I ever saw a sight like this!