May 14

Sandhill Cranes Home

We feel it is truly spring when we hear the sound of the Sandhill Cranes singing in our wetland. The loud, echoing, rolling croak made by the Cranes is distinctive and music to our ears. The birds arrive "home" mid-April every year and the male soon begins to display his prowess to the female in a graceful dance. They nest quite visibly on the wetland hatching 1-2 red, fuzzy chicks.

Sandhill Cranes are tall, grey cranes with red top-knots. They travel high in the sky in huge groups numbering in the thousands at times and return to the same nesting grounds year after year. These cranes prefer to live on prairie, grasslands and wetlands around North America and feed on grains and invertabrates.

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