The Food Chain

For these birds to survive they have to find food in the marsh. It was windy Saturday and the chicks were nervous. I gave up on the pond eventually, even though all of them came in — even #8-17 who really does not like to get her feet wet THERE but, they clung to the costume. 

Number 8-17 prefers to stand atop grass clumps instead of the water at the pond.

Instead, we went foraging. We found a new patch of Dewberries for them to snarf down. #3-17 ate a mushroom. We discovered little acorns and when we eventually got back to the pen the main course!

3-17 ate a small snake for lunch! (click for larger view)

But don’t feel bad for the rest of the birds. They ALL got a piece or two of Doug!

Happy to report yesterday (Sunday) went much better. All of them were quite preoccupied foraging in the pond. Doug hid in the blind and I slipped away behind a thicket of alders out of view.

Hiding out of view while the cranes explore the pond.

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4 Comments

  1. Marilyn August 15, 2017 10:26 am

    great photos into the natural lives of our whoopers. Thank you, Colleen.

  2. Richard P. Chase August 14, 2017 12:25 pm

    That is a really good shot. It’s amazing what the newer phone cameras can do.

    Now what you need to do is go out and find a couple of dozen snakes so all of the birdies can learn how to catch them (and how to snarf them down).

  3. Di Lowe August 14, 2017 9:44 am

    Loving the pictures! Thank you

  4. Susan O’Connell August 14, 2017 7:36 am

    Interesting to note: that whooper knew exactly where to grab the snake!