Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes at Banks Lake

While migratory sandhill cranes are more likely to be seen in the marshes adjacent to the lake, sometimes large flocks will feed in the shallower waters of the lake itself.


 Sandhill cranes visit Banks Lake by the hundreds in fall and winter, drawn to its shallower waters in their hunt for crawfish, insects, mice, snakes, and grains. These migrants leave their snow-bound nesting grounds in the northern United States and travel as family groups within large flocks. They mate for life and generally have two chicks a season. Their calls are unmistakable, a rolling rattle that may be echoed by many cranes at once. Seeing a flock of cranes silhouetted against a sunset sky is a premiere experience for many.