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Flock of sandhill cranes takes farmer by surprise

8:11 PM, Mar 26, 2013   |    comments
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MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) -- At first, a farmer in Marne says he thought a flock of deer or even ostriches were grazing in his wheat field Tuesday afternoon, but upon closer inspection it turns out the big birds were actually sandhill cranes.

An Ottawa County Animal Control officer told the property owner the flock of about 20 large birds probably flew in from the Dakotas. They are looking for a place to spend the summer where there is abundant food and water.

There are actually many sandhill cranes in southwest lower Michigan. Every year there is a Sandhill Crane and Art Festival in Calhoun County near Battle Creek.

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