On the ground, you will see that sandhills have mostly grey and brown bodies, but their feathers will often have a distinctive red stain from the mud where they dig out their summertime dinners. Sandhills have white faces and a red crown. When seen roosting on sandbars, they stand tall, and occasionally jump into the air and then, with wings spread, land gracefully again.
A wonderful place to see sandhill cranes roosting on the river for the night is Chief Whitecap Park just south of Saskatoon. Check out our past adventure here.
Enjoy an evening picnic and the sights and sounds of an amazing migration event featuring a beautiful bird!
— Nikki Moggey, Janet McVittie