Continuing my series on Winter Wildlife, we come to Sandhill Cranes. Winter Wildlife doesn't always mean "snow." Winter in Southern Arizona is relatively mild compared to the more northern parts of North America.
Whitewater Draw in Southeast Arizona collects the largest concentration of wintering Sandhill Cranes in the United States. Yearly estimates can be as high as 42,000. Typically, they start arriving in late October, peaking in late January. They start heading north in mid-March.
Here a photo from Whitewater Draw: