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Post by peirol on Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:04 pm

Once again the grues are flying north, one of the wonderful sights (and sounds) of this region. We saw two flights this afternoon, each of more than 100 birds. These birds know a thing or two, so if their instincts say 'go north', hopefully it means that the worst of the winter is over. In which case, this will be our first winter here in 6 years without any snow!

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Post by tocyvi on Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:10 am

Hi Peirol
We also saw 2 huge "gatherings" (or whatever the collective term is for cranes*) on Monday afternoon; the second must have been around 2-300. As you say, it's always a welcome sight to witness these harbingers of spring. This winter has been incredibly mild; hopefully we'll not get a late frost like we have had in the last couple of years, which decimated the cherry picking.

* suggestions welcome e.g. a cacophony of cranes? a croaking of cranes?? I'm sure there must be some better ones than these.
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Post by twointheeye on Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:06 pm

We haven't seen or heard any here (about 10kms south of La Souterainne)
Whereabouts are you?

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Post by tocyvi on Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:35 pm

Hi twointheeye
We are approximately 8 km north of La Souterraine. We always hear the cranes going south in October & November but seldom hear them flying north in the spring. I don't know whether that's because they take a slightly different route or maybe we just don't hear them. It's always their call that alerts us before we actually see them.
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Post by Myriam on Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:17 pm

Un troupeau de grues?

Haven't seen or heard them yet, must watch with southern winds and less rain... Good sign anyway, spring is in the air?
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Post by Amber on Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:51 pm

It's all the males that arrive first, isn't it, to get a nice cosy nest ready for when their ladies arrive. Maybe the females will fly further to the west and we'll get to see them.

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Post by Myriam on Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:03 pm

We heard a largish troupeau de grues just now going north, direction lac de Marcillac, where I think they will spend the night together. They were chattering very loudly, but we could not see them, it being dark. So I think they were debating wether (?) to settle down for the night or fly on, but I think the majority vote was to rest their bones at Marcillac.

So Simmo, Spitfire and Blakevine, we can go and have a butcher's tomorrow morning around the lake at 7:00am. We can have a café and croissant together afterwards in the PMU at 8:00am???

Oh, I love it here and spring is definitely in the air!


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Post by Amber on Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:21 pm

I've just found this NZ site about collective nouns for birds:

http://www.nzbirds.com/more/nounsc.html

I rather like the idea of a "construction of cranes"  Very Happy  but some of the others are good too.

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Post by tocyvi on Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:01 pm

[quote="Amber"]I rather like the idea of a "construction of cranes"  Very Happy [quote]

Hi Amber, I rather like that as well. Another suggestion: a collaboration of cranes??
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Post by Myriam on Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:39 am

Wow, there's quite a few:

Cranes, a construction of
Cranes, a dance of
Cranes, a family of
Cranes, a flock of
Cranes, a herd of
Cranes, a pair of
Cranes, a sedge of
Cranes, a siege of
Cranes, a sledge of
Cranes, a swoop of
Cranes, a thumping of
Cranes, a wedge of
Cranes (Hooded), a flock of
Cranes (Hooded), a pair of
Cranes (Hooded), a wedge of
Cranes (Lilford), a trumpting of
Cranes (Sand Hill), a kettle of

I would like to add: a choir of cranes  Very Happy 
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Post by Myriam on Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:40 am

But I quite like also a swoop of cranes.
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Post by Jellybelly on Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:20 am

Over the last few days I've seen small flocks going over St Leger Magnazeix.

a construction of Cranes puts a daft picture in my mind of large metal building site cranes with wings flying in V formation across the sky   Shocked Rolling Eyes 
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Post by Myriam on Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:22 pm

There are large flocks of cranes expected to cross the Pyrenees today with the good weather and southern winds, so we should see more of them today and tomorrow  Very Happy .
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Post by Jellybelly on Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:29 pm

I assume you mean the winged type & not the metal ones Myriam Wink
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Re: Grues are flying again!

Post by simmo on Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:13 pm

Hi Myriam
Sorry i missed your message the other day.I can however confirm your sighting on friday 21st, the Grues fly up from your neck of the woods and circled Chabanier before landing at the northen end of the Lac by Combrignac for the night.
Simmo in the High Correze.

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Post by Spitfire48 on Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:27 pm

Myriam wrote:We heard a largish troupeau de grues just now going north, direction lac de Marcillac, where I think they will spend the night together. They were chattering very loudly, but we could not see them, it being dark. So I think they were debating wether (?) to settle down for the night or fly on, but I think the majority vote was to rest their bones at Marcillac.

So Simmo, Spitfire and Blakevine, we can go and have a butcher's tomorrow morning around the lake at 7:00am. We can have a café and croissant together afterwards in the PMU at 8:00am???

Oh, I love it here and spring is definitely in the air!

Sorry Myriam I have just seen your post and would love to have caught up at Marcillac but at the moment we are in Portugal :-)

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Re: Grues are flying again!

Post by tocyvi on Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:28 pm

Yesterday evening, about 6.30, there were literally thousands flying over - an awe-inspiring sight.
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Post by lady of leisure on Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:05 am

The right sort of flight path to be under

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Post by Inkflo on Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:50 pm

I love seeing them twice a year, always a lovely reminder that either winter or spring is on the way.

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Post by BLAKEVINE on Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:11 am

Sorry to have missed all this (we were in UK). Not so sure about the 7am start, but, coffee&croissant sounded good......and for the record we have not seen or heard anything down by the gorges.....K
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