Flocking Sandhill Cranes

The Sandhills are plentiful these days, this flock in the Stayner area is well over 1000 birds.  Daily, smaller flocks are passing over our farm in the Beaver Valley, we can usually hear them before we see them as they are very noisy when flying … they sound like a litter of young racoons at war.  I literally look around for racoons, then noticed the sound is coming from the sky.

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Sandhill Crane Chick

This family was working their way along the shore line, I stayed somewhat still, and they walked right by me minding their own business.  I feel good when my presence doesnt interrupt what they were doing and they continue on without giving me much notice. As they mosey along finding bugs to feed the chick, they also tried to show it where the bugs are found and encouraged it to pick them up. Fascinating.

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