Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes Home For Winter – Merced California

Sandhill Cranes - Merced National Wildlife Refuge

It is always nice to see the Sandhill Cranes come home to the Central Valley for the winter.  It was a cloudy drizzly day and a good day for photography - although the Sandhill Cranes, a couple thousand, were keeping to themselves in the distance.  The NWR refuge always does a great job managing the refuge with marsh lands and grass / corn fields.

Sandhill Cranes enjoying the Refuge

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes - Merced National Wildlife Refuge - Merced, CA USA

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane - Merced National Wildlife Refuge - Merced, CA USA

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes - Merced National Wildlife Refuge - Merced, CA USA

Northern Harriers are always present at the refuge

Northern Harrier

Northern Harriers - Merced National Wildlife Refuge - Merced, CA USA

A couple of Eared Grebes were enjoying the marsh.

Eared Grebe

Eared Grebe - Merced National Wildlife Refuge - Merced, CA USA

And the Say's Phoebes were having fun bug catching

Say's Phoebe

Say's Phoebe - Merced National Wildlife Refuge - Merced, CA USA

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Brad R Lewis

Brad R Lewis

I am a wildlife / bird photographer and day hiker with a passion for birds based in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find my photos on numerous websites and birding guides as well as social media sites such as Google+ and Facebook.