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Whooping crane migration likely to miss the panhandle

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Panhandle bird watchers hoping to catch a glimpse of whooping cranes migrating through Nebraska are out of luck.

The graceful birds tend to flock though the central part of the state, and don't stray into the panhandle during their southern flight.

Bird watcher Alice Kenitz says on the rarest of occasions, a whooping crane may end up in a flock of Sandhill cranes.

Fortunately, this winter is offering plenty of unique sightings for bird watching.

"We think its because of the fires in the mountains," explains Kenitz, "Because we have already seen quite a few mountain species that we don't normally get here, like stellar, jays and evening gross beak."

Kenitz welcomes any bird watchers to join the Wildcat Audubon Society.

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