October 13, 2008

Whooping Cranes Sighted

There's been another rare whooping crane sighting in North Dakota.

State Game and Fish Department biologist Mike Szymanski says two of the birds were spotted recently in Benson County, feeding in a field with sandhill cranes.

A whooping crane also has been sighted in Emmons County this fall.

Szymanski says whoopers are in the midst of their fall migration, and sightings will increase as they make their way through North Dakota during the next several weeks.

The birds stand about 5 feet tall with a wingspan of about 7 feet. They're white with black wing tips, which are visible only when the wings are spread.

Associated Press

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