Sandhill Crane - Bellevue

Rob Conway robin_birder at
Wed Nov 10 13:16:02 PST 1999


A neighbor called me this morning to say that there was a big bird he didn't 
recognize that looked kind of like a heron in a small park that is mostly a 
grassy field near the corner of Forest Drive and SE 138th in SE Bellevue.  I 
was just about to leave for work so I stopped by and low and behold there 
was an adult SANDHILL CRANE!  A blow in from last nights storm?  Just a 
wanderer?  I watched the bird for 10 minutes and it appeared to be feeding 
on worms that the heavy rain brought up.  A man with AN UNLEASHED DOG came 
into the park and the bird immediately flew off.  I watched it go south and 
land on the course at the Golf Club at Newcastle.  Where did this guy come 
from? A definite Bellevue first for me.

Rob Conway
Bellevue, WA
robin_birder at

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