Archive for the ‘Sandhill Cranes’ Tag

Sandhill Cranes Landing At Whitewater Draw   Leave a comment

Whitewater Draw January 2014-961772-72Sandhill Cranes Landing At Whitewater Draw — Image by kenne

Gliding into land

Neck and legs sticking way out

What natural grace.

— kenne

Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw   Leave a comment

Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw-Edit-2-blogSandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Sandhill Cranes wintering in southeast Arizona and northern Sonora many have migrated from their nesting area in Siberia. 

Whitewater Draw is an Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Area is of state and regional significance as the primary wintering area for Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) in Arizona and includes both the Lesser (most numerous) and Greater subspecies. Located in the southern Sulphur Springs Valley, cranes are coming from both the Rocky Mountain population and Mid-Continental population. The area also supports wintering Snow Geese (80-200) and a few Ross?s Geese (occasional to 40). Counts of Sandhill Cranes in early January have steadily climbed from 4,000 in 1991 to over 22,000 in 2008 at Whitewater Draw, with another 13,000 present 36 miles north in the Willcox Playa area, and another 600 present in the far north of Sulphur Springs Valley at Bonita, AZ, and 400 present in the Safford Valley near Duncan. The Greater subspecies breeds in the northern states of the continental U.S., and the Lesser subspecies, breeds from Alaska and eastern Siberia. (Source:

Every year the town of Wilcox hosts Wings Over Wilcox — Birding and Nature Festival (January 17-20, 2019). Birds have been arriving for weeks now — the birds have their own schedule.

— kenne

Sandhill Cranes At Whitewater Draw   4 comments

Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area is located in the Sulphur Springs Valley in southeast Arizona. It consists of 1,528 acres and is owned and managed by Arizona Game and Fish Department. The area supports an average wintering population of about 22,000 sandhill cranes. Located about two hours from my home in Tucson, on December 30th I spent a couple mid-day hours photographing these large beautiful birds.


(Click on any of the images to see a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Birders Flock To Whitewater Draw   11 comments

Whitewater Draw 3014-9532 blog

Whitewater Draw 3014-9533 blog

Whitewater Draw 3014-9565 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9585 blog

Whitewater Draw 3014-9565 blog

Whitewater Draw 3014-9569 blog

Whitewater Draw 3014-9571 blog

Whitewater Draw 3014-9572 bloh

Whitewater Draw 3014-9573 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9634 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9586 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9622 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9597 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9590 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9594 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9596 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9598 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9604 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9605 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9609 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9616 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9617 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9623 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9628 blog

Whitewater Draw January 2014-9637 blog

Whitewater Draw 3014-9548 blog

Whitewater Draw 3014-9558 blogSandhill Cranes spend the winter at the Whitewater Draw in southern Arizona. — Images by kenne

%d bloggers like this: