Cranes in Sweden
Every spring in March there is a shout in Sweden: The cranes are arriving!
They come in thousands and rest at Hornborgasjön. There they dance in a beautiful choreography, throwing sticks into the air and make this trumpetlike sounds.
To see them you have to go to Sweden and then drive to Hornborgasjon. They have fantastic service for tourists and birdwatchers. There are many from other countries that want to see the crane-dance. Scroll down to the link about Hornborga and read more! March 2009 we had a all time high peek of 18 500 cranes at Lake Hornborga!
2012 - how many will come?
2012 - The first three has landed!
Sign that winter is ended - our cranes are coming back
There is one place where you can see them dance, feed and hear them trumpet!
The Cranes (latin Grus Grus) - The messenger of spring and always just as eagerly awaited. The cranes' dance and trumpeting call are a sure sign of spring and they attract at least 150,000 visitors to Lake Hornborga during a four-week period. It is a real experience to watch the graceful cranes hopping around in their lively dance!
On their way from their winter quarters in Spain to their breeding grounds, some 10,000 cranes rest at Lake Hornborga. They usually stay for a week or two to eat, dance and rest.
The ones that are heading furthest north arrive last, as they have to wait until spring arrives at their final destination. At most, there can be more than 10,000 cranes here on any day during the Crane Dance. Last yearÂ´s peak was 13 900 at April 1st.
They Eat, dance and sleep
In the past, there were large potato fields around Lake Hornborga. In the spring, there was a plentiful supply of frozen left-over potatoes in the fields. The cranes love these sweet, sticky lumps of food!
Potato growing stopped in the 1970s and the cranes are now fed with grain that is specially laid out for them. During the peak season, more than a tonne is distributed every evening.
The cranes also eat frogs, small fish, insects and plants. So they really enjoy an all-round diet!
They prefer to spend the night standing in shallow water, so that they can feel safe from wandering predators.
At dawn, they can be seen flying to their feeding place, where they spend most of the day eating and dancing. This bowing, hopping and wing-flapping is a way of strengthening the ties between the pairs of birds. At dusk, they return to the lake.
How can we count the cranes? Do we count the legs and then divide by the total two? The counts are made in the evening when the cranes fly out into the lake to sleep. This usually takes more than an hour and it is therefore relatively easy to count the small flocks that slowly fly past. The people who count the birds stand high up and have a clear view of the southern part of Lake Hornborga. The cranes have been counted since the end of the 1960s, so we have a great deal of experience. In good weather, the number of cranes can be counted very accurately. On days when the weather is less good, it is difficult and sometimes impossible to count them.
Lake at Dusk, Hornborga Lake, Vasterg...
Official site that have all the information about HornborgasjÃ¶n - You can pre-book view points
How to watch them. Bring binoculars!
This site has all information you need in English!
All information about how to see the cranes and much more!
Cranes of silver or paper - Treat yourself
Give your guest bed a lovely towel art! How to fold here.
Origami - a world wide art of paper cranes and other animals. Here is also a video that shows how to fold step by step!
binoculars are very important to bring - Buy a good one
For crane watchers
Learn how to make paper cranes - For children too
For twenty-five years, middle-grade readers have been moved by this telling of Sadako Sasaki's spirited battle with leukemia. She was two-years-old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, and dizzy spells began when she was twelve. She faced the disease with an irrepressible spirit and focused her energy (and that of everyone who knew her) on folding 1000 paper cranes, which Japanese legend held would prompt the gods to make her well again. Eleanor Coerr crafted this story of Sadako's twelfth year after reading the book of her letters her classmates compiled after her death.
This special edition contains a bio of Eleanor Coerr with details about her work on this book and instructions for folding paper cranes.
Books on these birds - There are many kinds
In Sweden the spiece Grus Grus are for watching
Beautiful Crane Statue - Made of aluminium
Make a sleek statement on your patio with these graceful crane statues
You just have to get one