and finally saw a flock congregating in a field near one of the viewing turn offs. when i got out of the car, i was surprised by the noise.
we made our way to the western border of the refuge, and turned north on county road 15. near the intersection we saw the largest congregating area, a semi-frozen pond covered with sandhill cranes, ducks and geese.
we also drove the remainder of the refuge and auto tour loop, with some great opportunities to see the cranes up close.
we even caught this pair in a graceful courting dance right before we left
lots more pictures HERE!