This area is preserved for the cranes and waterfowl, and features a loop trail. It is an expansive area and just a terrific place to watch the birds. It's a former cattle ranch within the Chihuahuan Desert grassland habitat. There are extensive open water areas, marshlands and mudflats. Not only does this area attract the cranes and waterfowl, it also attracts migratory birds.
Other birds seen include white-faced ibis, blue and green-winged teal, cinnamon teal, great blue heron, red-tailed hawk, northern harrier, greater yellowlegs, long-billed dowitcher, killdeer, western sandpiper, black-throated sparrow, white-throated, mourning and white-winged doves, red-winged blackbird, and a probable prairie falcon in flight. Michael found a bat house, and the bats inside were "chirping"!
Photos follow, but most likely won't do justice! The spots you see in the sky are cranes!