It is that time of year when coastal storms are the norm ... heavy cloud cover ...
... gray skies filled with migrating birds ...
... headed south.
We can hear the Sandhill Cranes before they can be seen. They fly over by the thousands ... a sure sign that winter is not far off. These photos were taken from the front deck with our point and click camera. Brother and I were on the deck around 5:00 pm ... listening and watching ... taking pictures. Suddenly he had the urge to grab his shotgun and a few shells ... jumped in the truck ... drove out the road and started climbing up the mountain side. Stopped at a slough to rest ... and a group of cranes landed.
Sandhill Cranes are very elusive to hunt. It is all about luck ... being at the right place at the right time!
Brother was born and raised here in Cordova and this was his first crane! He was excited!
Cranes are delicious to eat ... it is a real treat when someone shares a Sandhill Crane meal with you! Brother has tasted them before. He is really looking forward to sharing and feasting on his own!
Blue Heron in front of house 9.12.13
We received 30 inches of rain the first eleven days of September ... yep, there is a reason we're classified as a temperate rainforest! Waterfowl hunting is the way many locals dillydally ... and it provides food for our tables ... another aspect of this glorious dillydally life!