Cranes-Please describe a crane
Cranes-Please describe a crane. Is there more than one variety?
Of cranes there are two varieties, Sandhill and Whooping. They dwell in the marshes and on the prairies of the interior, the Whooping cranes seldom coming east of the Mississippi. They are mostly hunted in the autumn. The hunter hides himself in the grass or weeds near a feeding ground and waits until the crane approaches. The crane is very wary and sails around in the air, making a thorough investigation before alighting. Should he sight the hunter he will fly away, calling a warning to all other cranes in the vicinity, then the hunter may as well seek other stands. The nests are made in sloughs and marshes of weeds, cattails, etc.. Many people erroneously call the great blue heron a crane, but except for long legs and neck they have very little in common. The laws of some states prohibit the taking of herons and cranes.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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