It's Winter and that means it was time to visit the Sandhill Cranes at Staten Island.
No, not that Staten Island! This Staten Island is in the San Joaquin/Sacramento Delta and is operated as both a farm and a wildlife preserve by an affiliate of the Nature Conservancy. It is the winter home of many Sandhill Cranes.
During our visit the cranes were mostly foraging and we saw few active interactions between them.
Nor did we see the variety of species that we have seen on previous visits. There were a fair number of Northern Shovelers with their large beaks.
There were several pairs of Common Goleneye.
And a single Eared Grebe was spotted.
We also saw a Red Tailed Hawk and a coyote. Perhaps we will get a chance to revisit Staten Island this season or one of the many other refuges in California's Great Valley.