Sandhill cranes have once again gathered at their pre-staging area, before moving south for the winter, along Oak Grove Road, between Kingsbury Road and Beeson Street in Cass County. This is approximately three to four miles southeast of Dowagiac.
Brad Anderson went out to this location on Nov. 20. He reported about 600 cranes present, and supplied me with a few photos of the birds. I also have been out to the location over the last several weeks and have seen several hundred cranes gathered across the harvested corn fields, although they appeared to be more spread out than in most years. Perhaps they are social distancing?