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Jul 20, 2006
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You think you're embarrassed when you get a little lost. How do you think a particular common crane feels?

Probably born in northern Eurasia, it headed off to winter along the Mediterranean or southern Asia but ended up in Kansas.

Last weekend some birders saw the bird, the first of its kind recorded in Kansas, at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, hanging with a flock of migrating sandhill cranes.

Actually, biologists think the occasional common crane that finds its way to the U.S. may be Siberian birds that get mixed with sandhills migrating towards the U.S.

The Quivira finding wasn't a total surprise since a common crane has been seen in Nebraska the last few years, and was presumed to migrate through Kansas.

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