Sandhill cranes on P.E.I. well east of range
Cranes usually not seen east of Ontario
A small group of sandhill cranes appears to be making a provincial park on P.E.I. part of its regular migration route.
Birder Greg Feetham says he has seen the birds, which normally don't range east of Ontario, at Cabot Provincial Park for the last five Septembers. The numbers are growing, he said, with five stopping in last year and seven this year.
The cranes are similar to great blue herons, but can be easily identified by their red caps. In flight they keep their necks stretched out, while herons bring their heads close to their bodies.