Sandhill cranes in flight over Alexis Creek

Sandhill cranes in flight over Alexis Creek

Before sunset on Sept. 18, 56 sandhill cranes decided on a destination.

Before sunset on Sept. 18, swirling in the air as an amorphous flock over Alexis Creek while uttering their archaic croaking calls, 56 sandhill cranes decided on a destination, formed a single north-south oriented line, and flew northward. The photograph shows 15 of the sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) in their lineal formation. Their winter retreat will likely be New Mexico.