"A Sand County Almanac"

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Green River Valley, Wyoming...Dancing Cranes, Gray Ghost, Willet, Curlews



We wanted to arrive in Jackson Hole on May 4th, when the first campground in Grand Teton National Park opens.  To facilitate this we camped in the Green River Valley for two days.  The scenery was exceedingly beautiful and the wildlife was plentiful.
One of the first species that we noticed were the large sandhill cranes.  We had seen them many times before in past visits, but we had never seen them dance...



Part of the courtship ritual includes the "dance" during which they spread their wings and leap in the air while making vocalizations...







Upon completion of the display the cranes left, walking in lockstep with each other...



There were numerous long billed curlews in the meadows...



Willets were pairing up and we enjoyed their courtship display...











A typical view of the Wind River range from the valley floor...



Northern harriers are common where we live, but I have never been able to photograph a male, also called "the gray ghost"...





While observing some deer in a meadow, I noticed a bird on a nest in a fairly tall tree...



I was surprised to see that it was a Canada goose...



Waterfowl was present in the wetter areas, like this northern pintail hen...



This cinnamon teal...



And this northern shoveler...



Pronghorns were migrating through the valley...





Mule deer were plentiful...





After a beautiful sunset, we left the next morning for Jackson's Hole...



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