Lots of other birds to recommend NE by besides the cranes! We had Dark-eyed (slate colored) Juncos, Western (and Eastern) Meadowlarks, Red-tailed Hawks, and two rotten Bald Eagles who kept harassing the Northern Pintail.
In these last three pics, you can see one adult eagle already on the ground with something. Another adult blew in and roiled the pintail continually so they couldn't set down. Obviously they are looking for an edge; somebody won't look quite right, and that bird would then become the target. I understand the predatory angle; pintail are just so sexy.