Hello, new to the list and amateur birder here!
This morning I saw a pair of massive (4'-5' wingspan) sandhill cranes in my fields here in Fairfield, a few miles east of St. Albans. They were picking through my windrows for 10-20 minutes and weren't very skittish. They did eventually take off south with an impressive disturbance FWOMP! I wasn't completely sure what they were until I did a WhatBird search and saw that that size, red eyepatches/crown pretty much seals the deal. Their stalky legs are quite the sight.
Normally we get killdeers aplenty, sandpipers, robins, swallows, and the occasional pheasants, but these were a rarity for here (and I guess, for our part of the country too).
Swamp Rd, Fairfield, VT