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The Sand hill Cranes are back.
Their prehistoric cries can be heard for miles, a sound like nothing else we hear in this area.
We had a group of six fly past our balcony this morning, its the most unusual experience to have them fly past at our eye level, its hard to explain, we are over 100 feet in the up, (our building) we are on the top floor, you feel like you could reach out and touch them.
When they call at this level and so close to us you would swear your were in a Jurassic Park movie!
I love it!
The farmers do not like them, they trample the hay fields, destroy crops but its illegal to harm them so they are safe.
My son and his at the time girl friend found a baby Sand hill wandering on the road near our house on the lake.Of course they brought it home, critter saving runs in this family.
I told them to take it back where they found it, drive a distance away and watch , they did and the Mother Crane came out of the swampy area and took the baby back into the bog.
They are smart birds, a bog is hard traveling in so by nesting in the dense undergrowth of the boggy area it meant harder time for predators to kill their young.
I knew Cranes are wonderful parents and after years and years of bird rescues I knew one should always try as hard as we can to return them to their parents, most often birds die of fright.
There are the exceptions, a beautiful yellow Grosbeak flew into our window one spring and after bringing it in and doctoring him up we ended up feeding and caring for the bird 6 weeks, it lived in the sun porch and made the worse mess, poop every where, I had to clean everyday , it became so tame I was afraid it would die for sure when released but one warm sunny day we took him out, and tossed him in the sky and off he flew.
His wing had healed, I had taped it with a Popsicle stick for a splint, and it actually healed!
Strays often became part of our family, every cat we ever had came to us magically, the word in our community was they new where there was a soft touch, I suppose they were right, lol
Sadly it never ceases to amaze me how cruel some people are to animals.
I'm sure am glad that Mama Crane took here baby back, that would have been one big mess to clean up with that one!
|Sand Hill Cranes|