Check it out. I saw some Whooping Cranes (one of the rarest birds in North America) at Aransas NWR, they're awesome. (!) I had seen two last year but they were so far out I had to hurt my eyes to get any kind of look. I saw 17 total this time, a few flyovers and the rest were foraging. Cool stuff. I finally spotted a family group not too far from the road, in the recent burned area (think they burned it just 10 days ago or so). The photos aren't great but I was just happy to get to watch and admire these guys for thirty minutes with no one else around. (Nice!) Also happy you can actually tell they are Whooping Cranes and not little blobs. Pretty sweet. The juvie (with the brown) was adorable. And you'll notice they have no leg bands. I love them. Oh yeah - happy holidays and all that jazz, eh?