Every spring the big cranes (Grus grus) arrives at a lake in Southern Sweden for a rest on their long flight from Spain to the Scandinavian wilderness. And every autumn they arrive again, on their flight back south. I made a short post about the cranes at Lake Hornborga in spring (or I actually made a post mainly about the swans at the crane lake), and a blogging friend just asked me if they were on their way south now. Yes, they are. They have just left this part of Norway. I have heard their trumpet sounds for weeks now, from a local gathering place near to were I live. Now it is quiet. Just the sounds from some geese, resting on their way south from Svalbard.
I just checked with a site that makes daily statistics about the cranes at lake Hornborga and it is almost 10.000 of these birds there now, in addition to other migrating birds. When I was there in April there were from 22.000 to 24.000 cranes by the lake. If you know the voice of the big cranes, you can imagine the sound. There are more photos in my cranes photo gallery. And I have just collected some videoclips and pictures in a video from my visit: