Thursday, 2 March 2017

Crane migration over the Lot

Yesterday evening the cranes were flying right over the village.  There was skein after skein of them for more than half an hour at dusk. I would estimate that several thousand were going north.  They call to each other as they fly and often change their position in the V-shaped formations. It was quite a spectacle!
It can be a matter of luck whether you see them or not. Some years they fly above the clouds and you just hear their calls, other times they fly over at night. They usually co-ordinate their northward migration to a particular day so if you're not there you've missed them!  

This video from Peter Erl shows the migration very well.


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