You Win Some – You Lose Some

On Saturday, Colleen told you about a suspected flooded Sandhill crane nest and while that particular crane appears to be settled back onto the nest platform, it will be some time before we’ll know for certain if the nest was lost to the rising waters.

This morning Joe and I set out to walk a small wetland very near to our camp and within 5 minutes of entering the mucky area, we found another nest – this one containing two eggs. We gathered coordinates and a photo of the eggs and then moved on to check another area.

Constructed from cattails, this nest is nice and high and has a shallow ‘bowl’ to hold the eggs. Photo: J. Duff

Next, we drove into Berlin to check on a nest just south of town. Sadly, upon arriving we knew right away the nest was flooded. The 3+ inches of rain which fell Thursday night was followed by more rain on Friday night causing the Fox River to swell and flood out this nest.

The incubating Sandhill crane is very well camouflaged. Photo: H. Ray

Here is the scene we arrived to see today:

Sadly, her nest was just not high enough to withstand the rising waters of the river. Photo: H. Ray

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  1. Barbara May 6, 2018 8:40 pm

    Good, good. There is always hope.

  2. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd May 6, 2018 8:40 pm

    What a crazy Spring we have all had. How many nests have you been following? Glad it is early enough for the cranes to renest.

  3. Barbara May 6, 2018 7:02 pm

    Is it early enough in the season that the crane could try again?

    • Heather Ray May 6, 2018 7:30 pm

      it is…

  4. Dana Courtney May 6, 2018 5:23 pm

    Thank you all for sharing, even though some info is painful. I really admire and appreciate your commitment.