Sandhill cranes have started trickling into central Nebraska for a respite on their annual migration to arctic nesting areas. 

A handful set down at the Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon last week. They'll be followed by thousands that will rest and feed before resuming their journeys from wintering spots in the southwestern U.S. states and northern Mexico. 

Adult cranes are about 4 feet tall and have a wingspan of up to 7 feet.