From Crane to Crake  

 

 

Well, I saw Sandhill Cranes earlier in the day. So that's the inspiration for the headline. On most days, that would be the bird of the day. But shortly after watching those cranes pass by the Quaker Ridge hawk watch, word came of a spectacular find by Ken and Sue Feustel -- a Corn Crake. So it was off to Cedar Beach, Long Island, fortunately early enough to avoid major traffic troubles. And while it's cute that the (last) names of my birds of the day are similar, they're surprisingly somewhat related -- both members of the order Gruiformes. And for what it's worth, the Corn Crake's size and build suggest a quail rather than a rail.