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Isenberg Crane Reserve

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This is a Spectacular Experience

The crowds of cranes that go about their business despite the visitors is spectacular. When they... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2018
TravelPlenty5
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Los Angeles, California
GOOD PLACE TO PHOTOGRAPH SANDHILL CRANES

We were a bird club group who came just before sunset to photograph the Sandhill cranes flying in... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2018
John G
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Lincoln, California
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

In February 2017, I posted a review saying my trip to Lodi to see Sandhill cranes was disappointing. I had much better luck in February 2018. Although not in huge numbers, there were a couple of dozen birds this time. My next trip to Lodi...More

Thank Roy P
Reviewed 27 April 2018

The crowds of cranes that go about their business despite the visitors is spectacular. When they come back in at dusk, in vast numbers, it is breathtaking. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

We were a bird club group who came just before sunset to photograph the Sandhill cranes flying in at sunset.

1  Thank John G
Reviewed 5 April 2018

Depending upon when you visit you will either see marshland or birds. If you can find a recommendation on when the cranes are likely to be in the area try to visit at that time.

1  Thank m44
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Had heard a great deal about this reserve. Found the visit just okay. If I was go go back would plan visit at sunrise or sunset. Not much to see without binoculars. Still a beautiful area hence the average rating. We, along with the others,...More

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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

There are many birds to be seen but need high powered lens to get best views We were fortunate to see great horned owl right by the parking up in a tree

1  Thank Maria C
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We made it a family outing and were not disappointed. We saw hundreds fly in at sunset. What an adventure and it's certainly not just for young people. It's an extraordinary display.!!!

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Reviewed 5 February 2017

I don't know if I picked the wrong time of the year (February 4) to visit this place, but it was hugely disappointing. All I could see were tiny birds that I could not even properly identify - they looked nothing like the photos of...More

2  Thank Roy P
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Even if you are not a birdwatcher, the spectacle of hundreds of cranes in the reserve's fields is wonderful to behold. I try to go to the reserve every year. I have already been in late December and this year in late January. Woodbridge Road...More

4  Thank Judith D
Reviewed 11 January 2017

We were in town to wine taste but needed a break. Heard that the Sandhill Cranes were in the area. Must go at sunset exactly. Here they come in flocks, many flying overhead but others landing in the fields in front of you. The cry...More

1  Thank Debra G
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Phunmun
7 March 2017|
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Response from Judith D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, March would be a good time to visit--but I would not go later than that, as the cranes will start leaving. The best times are December through February. But I do think you can still see the cranes this month.
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Phunmun
7 March 2017|
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Response from Roy P | Reviewed this property |
From many of the other comments, it looks like late October might be the best time to see the migrating adults. By February, we could see none of the adults - only chicks.
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