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Sandhill Crane in St. Louis?

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Old Saturday 3rd December 2016, 22:46   #1
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Sandhill Crane in St. Louis?

While walking my dog this morning he and I spotted a large (40"+ tall) wading bird standing on a neighbor's patio. The bird was variegated grey. When it departed, it flew with its neck extended and with a wing motion that was fast on the upstroke and slow gliding-like on the down stroke. I can't identify any other large wading bird with these characteristics, but I did not notice a red patch on its forehead. Might we have seen a migrating Sandhill Crane?
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Old Sunday 4th December 2016, 07:27   #2
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Old Sunday 4th December 2016, 07:45   #3
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Good chance, Paul
Just looked at Ebird, has been a few up by West Alton
also out in St. Charles county

Was playing golf with my dad, down in Tampa,
4 Sandhill's walked up on the green we were on, no fear of us, or people in general
Seemed to be playing through
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