Like midsummer party and dancing “sm√• grodorna” isn’t enough for us Swedes. Apparently we have a crane day too. We heard about the crane day and decided to check it out. And lets face it – we saw a lot of cranes.
Cranes in Vattenriket
The cranes come to “Pulken”, a part of Vattenriket when March is turning to April every year. And they stay here for a couple of weeks. They are fed daily and there are thousands of them pretty close to you. The feeding is done to prevent the cranes from savaging the farmers crops nearby. And people flock like the cranes to see them. The sound of these huge birds is almost like my sister on the phone. I’m not kidding – that was our first thought. My sister is loud and speaks super fast and interrupts. And the cranes are loud and scream and try to make them selves heard over all other cranes. See the resemblance?
Vattenriket are putting out binoculars so that you can get a closer look and there is a watchtower where you can see the birds from above.
Facts about cranes
Did you know that cranes are the tallest¬†birds in Europe? They can become 1,3 meters tall and weigh between 4 and 7 kilos. Cranes couple for life and they live between 25 – 30 years. How cute is that? Pulken, where they stop to eat and to show themselves is like a bed and breakfast for them. Here they are safe from the foxes and since they get food here they stay here for a couple of weeks. The fact is that there are a lot of people coming here to see the cranes. Vattenriket is a great place and they really take care of the environment.
Our experience of Pulken
Ok so we are not devoted bird watchers but we did enjoy to see the cranes. Probably because there were so many of them there and that’s not a thing that you see every day. I also love the fact that these are wild cranes and that we are only there to watch them from a distance. We are not looking at caged animals for our own amusement but free birds. Birds acting like they should! For people that are interested in bird watching I can truly recommend that you come to Pulken in late March, beginning of April to see them.
How to find Pulken to see the cranes. The coordinates will take you to a parking place that is close by!
WGS 84 (lat, lon):
N 55¬į 53.345′, E 14¬į 12.486′
WGS 84 decimal (lat, lon):
Make sure that you have time to spend here. We saw a lot of people that brought some coffee and sandwiches. They put out blankets in the grass and just enjoyed themselves while watching the cranes. Sure this is a cool thing to have seen and there are a lot of them. Last years count (2016) was 6000 cranes. Wonder if 2017 will brake that record. Record or not there are cranes everywhere and they are LOUD!