The Adventures of Reba

McNeal, AZ

One of the most amazing experiences of my life was in February when we visited the winter roosting site of the sandhill cranes at Whitewater Draw in McNeal, AZ. Watching 20,000 birds all take off at the same time is an incredible and unforgettable experience. I marveled at their flight patterns, the ways they moved together, and wondered how they decided which group to join. We were one of several campers, there was barely room for us, and many more folks showed up just to watch the take offs and landings. Fast forward to present day, we were back in the area and decided to return. Unfortunately there weren’t as many cranes this time, it’s just the start of their season here, and we were completely attacked by mosquitos. The only cranes I saw were in the morning from the safety of the RV 🚐 We’re already talking about trying again in January or February, when the sandhill cranes outnumber the mosquitos 🦟

February 2022:

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