13 November 2013

Signs of Winter, the Cranes are migrating.

This morning I heard the sound of the cranes passing over our house.
they usually fly over during the third week in October
so they are a few weeks later this year.
I guess, due to the milder weather in France these past few weeks 
they decided to hang on a little longer.
 but now it must be time for them to leave and fly south
These are probably from Scandinavia and eastern Europe.
 They leave to winter in south-west Spain and north-west Africa 

Where I live is on a flight path, so maybe we humans chose this route from the birds !!
( I'm only joking. )

I can still remember the first time I saw the Cranes or should I say heard them. I had no idea their route took them over my home. I was in the garden at the time, and I couldn't work out what the loud noise was and then I finally saw the cranes. I tried to count them, it seemed like there were hundreds flying in several V-shaped formations. I'd only ever seen pictures of this, I'd never actually seen it for real.
I still rush out  to see them when I hear the noise.
I enjoy it even more when they are on their return in February,
as I know that spring is on it's way.

They usually fly in large groups like this, changing positions

It was a wonderful sight to see, their wings working rhythmically as they held the V.shape, they seemed so organised, the leader at the apex changing as the birds took it in turns to lead the way. There were a few stragglers flapping about who seemed to be left behind, but thankfully they eventually caught up and tagged onto the end of the line.

So goodbye my friends,
 we'll see you again  next year in February when you
  return to your breeding patch.

à bientôt

Barbara Lilian


  1. we have the same thing here in Missouri where the wild geese fly south I think to Florida
    I always like to hear them fly over honking

  2. The geese are leaving and the clementines are arriving.
    So be it.
    There's no stopping winter is there.

  3. We do too with geese! Beautiful formations..

  4. Nature's design & patterns! Wow! Perhaps they know more than we think...

  5. Barbara, thank you so much for your kind words over on my blog and for following my blog. I'm following your blog now. I love your photos and your paintings!



  6. What a sight to see! I love it when the Canada geese fly over honking ~ I always stop and look up ~ they make me smile. Thank you so much for your stopping by today and commenting on my blog. We are in Canada so our Thanksgiving day is in October. Like you Dec 1st is when I start to decorate ~ I cannot get over how many people have everything up. I will do my thing in my own time and not follow the pack. Again ~ thank you for you lovely comment.

  7. I'm so happy to meet you Barbara! Thank you so much for coming by to say hi.

    I love the sound of the geese flying overhead too. We too seem to be right in the flight path of migrating geese. There is a lake nearby that they always stop at for awhile and I love to go see them refueling for their long journey.

  8. Hello Barbara,
    Thank you for visiting us and following Red Rose Alley. How wonderful that you live in France. My daughters visited there and loved everything about it. You have a lovely blog, and the picture of the birds migrating is so special. Nature is amazing, isn't it? I hope you visit us again soon, and I am now following you too.

    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley


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