Watch for the Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi held the first weekend of November each year. This year is the 20th year! Great for birders and families. At the reserve you can watch the cranes fly in for the night.
Not every visit can be as perfect as ours but our experience at the Isenberg Reserve was extraordinary. We arrived shortly before sunset on a lovely clear evening. The cranes were flying back to the wetlands from feeding grounds by the many hundreds in large flocks, forming wide, single row formations. We could hear them almost before we first spied... 更多
This is an easy place to usually be able to see the sandhill cranes quite up close - and a good pair of binocular bring them even closer. While we were there in early February at dusk, we saw a few flocks of them coming in for the night, huge noisy flocks of snow geese and white-fronted geese settling in... 更多
This year, the cranes returned early from an early winter in the arctic. I had not been for several years but glad I went there this afternoon. My friend from Serbia wanted to see "nature" and we were not disappointed! Many simply park at one of the two parking lots near I-5, but the cranes and other waterfowl seldom get... 更多
Go with the understanding that this is wildlife viewing in nature, not a zoo. This would be great if the crane fly-in had been all it could be... unfortunately, they chose to go elsewhere to sleep that night, so it was less thrilling than it would be on a different night. But I'd be willing to come back to try... 更多
Sandhill Cranes are the highlight here! We saw about 500 this evening flying in the vicinity. A few landed in the large water body off of the formal viewing area adjacent to the road, presumably to roost overnight. They prefer shallow bodies of water for roosting so that four legged predators will have to splash in the surrounding water to... 更多
I've watched these cranes wintering in Lodi a few times. Last year (2014), I returned for another view of these wonderful ancient birds flying in for the night, then watch them waking up to get ready to fly out for the day to forage for food in nearby fields. I've planned to return again this year with friends who came... 更多