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Growing Native with Petey Mesquitey: duck, duck, duck, grus
Petey gets his Pleistocene moment in some man made wetlands near his home.
near the banks of the ol' guajolote
Sandhill Cranes have only been wintering over in the Sulphur Springs Valley for around 60 years, so we won't be finding any millions of years old fossil remains as found in Nebraska near the Platte.
Ironically, the cranes winter over in the valley because of the intense agriculture giving them fields to glean and man made wetlands, with one exception, giving them shallow water for roosting. Otherwise, they would certainly fly on by to another more exotic location.
The flat agricultural lands of the Sulphur Springs Valley hardly qualify as exotic, but those sandhill cranes make them look quite beautiful.