Gone with the wind?
Last weekend he was the attraction par excellence: A Sandhill Crane in Vorpommern! Since at least Wednesday, he is in the midst of a troop of about 50 Eurasian Crane in the Müritz Region and attracted numerous crane enthusiasts from near and far.
That Sandhill Cranes are sighted in Germany occurs in rare cases. If the bird does not wear – as in the current case – it can be assumed that it is not a captive fugitive, but the crane was probably blown away by strong winds on its migration to Central Europe.
The Sandhill Crane is the most widespread crane in the world. It breeds not only in Canada, Alaska and the USA, but also in northeast Asia. For wintering, Sandhill cranes ( including those breeding in Asia!) migrate to the southern United States and Mexico, covering enormous distances.
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