Our resident Sand Hill Cranes returned from their 2012 nest this last week without a baby. They had been flying in one by one to have breakfast so they must have had an egg or two somewhere. Sadly it appears not to have been successful this year.
Below is a photo from a previous year when they were successful in bringing a new baby into the world. Sand Hill Cranes arrive in spring and depart in late fall. They are extremely good parents, always looking out for baby and making sure he is well fed. Sadly every know and again they lose baby and I am thinking most likely to the local coyotes.
Photo of our Resident Sand Hill Cranes
Sand Hill Cranes pair for life and we know it;s the same pair that come to us every year. They know where we put food and water out for them. They enjoy a drink on those hot summer days. They eat birdseed but spend much of their days digging for grubs in the ground or catching flies and grasshoppers in the air.