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The cranes are back! The great migration has started
In autumn cranes start their great migration from the breeding grounds in northern Europe and Russia towards their winter quarters in southern France and Spain. On this flight they make a stop in our area for feeding to accumulate energy for the long flight. Depending on weather conditions they stay here for some time before they continue their flight. Usually families fly together: Both of the parent birds with one or two squabs.When feeding cranes are not picky. They take everything from small mammals, snails, worms, insects to grain of any kind. But they depend on safe sleeping places: They need a wide shallow water to stand in during night. Then they are safe from enemies.They spend the whole day on their feeding grounds. At sunset they fly up to the sleeping grounds in shallow water. Some arrive late after sunset during darkness. Here lovers of the cranes wait for them, getting happy when they hear the loud “trumpeting”, how the shouting of the cranes is called. In the boglands of our area about 40,000 cranes accumulate during migration.