Sandhill Cranes are rare, though regular, travelers through Massachusetts. Usually it's a faraway glimpse through a scope at a shape that kind of looks like a crane. Today, miraculously, a crane decided to hang out 10 yards or so from the edge of Rt 1A in Rowley.
This was a well-publicized sighting. I saw cars pulled over so I knew it was close by. Out of the corner of my eye: What's that! Oh false alarm, just a old rag hanging from a piece of signage. Or not!
Here's a few shots from dozens I took from inside my car. Video is at the bottom of the page. I don't think the full significance of encountering this bird in the wild this closely has fully sunk in yet.