Tag Archive: Isenberg Crane Reserve

Chasing the sun

Thousands of cranes call the Isenberg wetlnmads home for the next few months as they continue the migration to warmer climates. A trip to watch the sunrise saw the morning departures as the… Continue reading

Landing

The first weekend in October usually means the sandhill cranes have taken up their temporary residency at the Isenberg wetlands. The early vanguards of my first visit have replaced with thousands of cranes… Continue reading

Night and day

Sunset arrival, Saturday September 28  Sunrise departure, Sunday September 29 As the long summer days ebb into the cool breezes and crisp nights of autumn it is time for the sandhill cranes to… Continue reading

Isenberg

Waking up at 3 a.m., standing in the freezing pre-dawn cold, getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, muggy afternoons, too many people standing around me, driving in the fog, standing in the rain, waiting… Continue reading

The Last Waltz

With winter’s chill in the air I made my last trip of the season to watch the sunrise Isenberg. Cold gray skies veiled in fog greeted my arrival as I had one last… Continue reading

Last light

December has arrived bring wind and clouds across the wetlands. Winter is near and soon the cranes will abandon this refuge to continue their migration journey. With a break between storm system I… Continue reading

Shades of grey

  The first winter storm of the season brought much needed wind and rain that helped clear the skies of smoke from wildfire burning in Northern California. A trip to the Isenberg Sandhill… Continue reading

Paint the sky

Cool winds and clouds bring the first hint of winter coming to the Isenberg wetlands outside Lodi. The calendar still says fall but the colors in the sky hint of things to come.… Continue reading

En Masse

There is a saying, “go big or go home.” The sandhill cranes sunset arrival to Isenberg this past Saturday in the fading light included an en masse departure from their grazing field across… Continue reading

Sun up

Technically sunrise or sun up is described as that moment when the upper limb of the sun appears on the horizon in the morning. At Isenberg it is that moment when the color… Continue reading