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Isenberg Crane Reserve

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AKA Woodbridge Ecological Reserve

The season begins with the arrival of the Sand-hill cranes into the Delta and Central Valley in... read more

Reviewed February 12, 2019
San Jose
A treasure!

Marvelous, quiet spot for viewing hundreds of migrating sandhill cranes. Particularly breathtaking... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2019
Woodbridge, California
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All reviews the reserve bring binoculars just in case late october quiet spot birds fly take advantage central valley dusk hundreds sandhills roost waterfowl dawn wildlife nature viewing
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

The season begins with the arrival of the Sand-hill cranes into the Delta and Central Valley in about late September, where they will spend the fall and winter months. Arrive before sunrise to catch the cranes as the take off to go feeding abroad or......More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 13, 2019

Marvelous, quiet spot for viewing hundreds of migrating sandhill cranes. Particularly breathtaking at dawn for takeoff or sunset as they return to the marshes for the night. Bring your binoculars and especially your cameras with good telephoto lenses. The cranes are in residence fall (late...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed January 12, 2019 via mobile

We had a tour set up for Saturday with California wildlife through the Eventbrite website. We went there the day before at sunset, just in case Saturday was rainy. Friday was cold and cloudy, but the birds flew in close to us and we got...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 2, 2019 via mobile

I love this place, although I've yet to see the fly in or fly out I've heard so much about. I've actually only seen one sandhill crane at the reserve itself. But there is always plenty of waterfowl to view along the roadway between the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 20, 2018

When the cranes are in, it's a marvelous spot to enjoy the sight of giant beauties of flight. If lucky, you'll see a mating hop. The cranes are passing through in Nov., then back in spring - check before coming (though in winter, other waders,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

We are camping in the area for three nights and four days especially to see the sandhill crane‘s that are staying here on there migratory journey. We visited this location for two evenings to watch the sandhill crane‘s fly in to roost for the night....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

The morning take off or evening fly in of hundreds of sandhill cranes is a birding spectacle of sights and sounds that should not be missed, and should be combined with a visit to the Cosumnes River Nature Conservancy visitors center north on Franklin Road.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed June 15, 2018

In February 2017, I posted a review saying my trip to Lodi to see Sandhill cranes was disappointing. I had much better luck in February 2018. Although not in huge numbers, there were a couple of dozen birds this time. My next trip to Lodi...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Roy P
Reviewed April 27, 2018

The crowds of cranes that go about their business despite the visitors is spectacular. When they come back in at dusk, in vast numbers, it is breathtaking. Well worth the visit.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed April 26, 2018

We were a bird club group who came just before sunset to photograph the Sandhill cranes flying in at sunset.

Date of experience: February 2018
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March 6, 2017|
Response from Judith D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, March would be a good time to visit--but I would not go later than that, as the cranes will start leaving. The best times are December through February. But I do think you can still see the cranes this month.
March 6, 2017|
Response from Roy P | Reviewed this property |
From many of the other comments, it looks like late October might be the best time to see the migrating adults. By February, we could see none of the adults - only chicks.