In a rarity, at least in New Hampshire, sandhill crane spotted in southeastern part of state

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

ROLLINSFORD, N.H. — Experts say a rare sandhill crane has been spotted in the southeastern New Hampshire town of Rollinsford.

Photos of the bird have been appearing on social media.

Becky Suomala of the New Hampshire Audubon Society tells Foster’s Daily Democrat sandhill cranes are rare in New Hampshire, but they are becoming less rare. There is one known nesting pair of sandhill cranes in Monroe, New Hampshire, along the Vermont border.

Suomala says sandhill cranes, known for their crimson caps on the top of their heads, are usually found farther west.

The sandhill crane is similar to the great blue heron, which is much more common in New Hampshire, but they are not closely related.

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