Sand Hill Cranes

Lucky us…the Sand Hill Cranes are back and in record numbers.

Sandhill-Crane-3They love hanging out with the calves in the one field and then sleeping with the moms-to-be at night.


We see (and hear) them coming in in droves, then some leave and some flap over to the calves.



21 thoughts on “Sand Hill Cranes

  1. And you said you couldn’t get good pictures of birds. Those are great. Nice of you to provide that corn stubble where they can find shelter and dinner. I love their little red hats. There are flocks of them that spend the summer here. They make an awful lot of racket when they are picking out their nesting spots. Once in a while I’m in a place where I get to see them dance. Fun.


  2. LInda — how lovely and how lucky! What a wonderful wonderful post!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. I love knowing that you have them right in your “backyard.” (We were in New Mexico one fall and saw many of them like this, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us! I am so happy for you that you see this every year. )


  3. Wow. I remember, as a child, hearing stories about how the population of Sandhills might never recover – they were a doomed species… Guess they proved everyone wrong!
    Got my fingers crossed for the Fuzz-Man tomorrow…


  4. Funny that they spend the day with the calves. Wonder if the calves uncover more food for them? Sleeping with the cows is probably much warmer than one would think. Lots of body heat. 🙂


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