We finally found the Sandhill Cranes we've been hearing in the San Simon Cienega! I'd guess there are about 100 of them there. Very timid. Also some Mallards (Possibly Mexican Ducks) but we were too far away to get a good look at them. The cranes flew up and circled the pond until we left the area. They flew higher and higher, honking an announcement of our intrusion into their sanctuary. This pond had been significantly larger after the floods in September, so now that we know where it is, we'll be able to visit regularly and note how long the water is retained. If we get some winter rains, it should be a good spot through the spring for water fowl and other wildlife.
Bud & I bought our dream house in Portal in December 2013 and find ourselves in a heaven on earth in this beautiful friendly community.