No matter which direction they come from, almost every crane makes the same approach when landing here at Myakka River State Park. Fascinating! This is the largest number of sandhill cranes I've ever seen here. Hundreds are coming in at dusk every night! A park ranger told me at least 500 were here one evening last week -- a sea of gray. Size aside, what's most interesting about the sandhill crane is their call. It's a distinct honking sound...and it's loud! Usually they call whenever new birds arrive. So, with hundreds arriving over the period of an hour or so, it's quite entertaining!