I got the idea for this experiment while watching the sand hill cranes feeding in the fields around Hastings, Nebraska. To most people, bird watching means trying to identify different kinds of birds. Really, that is bird spotting. Bird watching means finding a bird and watching it, to see what it is doing.
At first, the cranes just seemed to be walking around eating seeds, but as I watched them, I began to notice all sorts of interesting behavior, from squabbles over food to some bits of "dancing" that is their mating behavior. It really was a wonderful experience. You don't have to have cranes in your yard to see some spectacular bird behavior.