Mark your calendars! The first day after the first day of spring here in northern Michigan 2011! Looking out our picture window across the lake and wishing for spring, I spotted movement! I actually thought it might be a deer or two since Thom had seen one earlier in the week. But, no! They were some kind of humungous bird! Because there were so many, I couldn’t believe they’d be herons, but I got my bird book out and starting looking. Sure enough, with those big back ends described as ‘bustle-like,’ they are Sandhill Cranes, my favorite because of their trill! Then a few took off, and there was that long neck all stretched out! I’m so excited!!! It’s beginning!!!