[va-richmond-general] mystery bird

  • From: heron329@xxxxxxx
  • To: johnwcoe@xxxxxxxxxxx, va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 18:47:14 -0400

 My son and I were driving on Meadowbridge Road this morning (Tuesday ) by the 
huge grassy parking lots of the Richmond International Raceway which are beside 
the Chickahominy Swamp. We saw an very large bird flying over the fields, 
larger than a Great Blue Heron, flying with its long neck extended. The light 
was such that it looked uniformly gray.
 I am very familiar with Great Blue Herons, and this was not a heron. It was 
much larger, and we watched it fly parallel to us for some distance, and it 
flew the entire time with its neck extended. The bill was long and straight, 
and its long legs trailed behind. The only thing I can think of is a Sandhill 
Crane. Am I missing something obvious? What else could it have been? Could a 
Sandhill Crane be passing through here? Thoughts?
 Margaret O'Bryan
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