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Sandhill cranes from Idaho & Washington winter in Central Valley refuges such as Cosumnes River Preserve. Cranes typically roost in shallow water, like the marshlands at Cosumnes, to protect themselves from predators. Shortly after sunrise, they "blast off", usually in pairs or small groups, to feed during the day in fields nearby. They return before sunset once again to roost.
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