Happy to be WRONG!

A month or so ago I wrote about the flooding we we having and how sad it was to watch our Lois’ Pond pair of Sandhill Cranes desperately shore up their nest. She was off the eggs for 6 or 7 hours and I was not holding out much hope of seeing chicks from this pair, even though over this last month she was on the nest every time we peeked.

We knew if the eggs were viable they would be hatching Saturday or Sunday because Brooke and I watched them pick the spot and build the nest. We knew when she started brooding.

Monday morning we got to Lois’s Pond, Brooke peeked from the trees, ready to sneak to the nest and I watched from nearby. We both saw them at the same time and I have never been so happy to be wrong!

Two adult Sandhills in the field tending something tiny in the tall grass. We headed in oh so carefully. Remember my post about watching grass growing? After a ten minute search this is what we found! 

This is why we must be careful when looking for a tiny crane colt. It’s easy to step on them as they hunker down in the vegetation. Photo: C. Chase

The whole procedure took about 15 minutes and when we drove by a half hour later the little family was together again.

Introducing BP2.1 Photo: C. Chase

What a nice way to start the week!

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7 Comments

  1. Cheryl Murphy June 5, 2018 8:12 pm

    Wonderful!!!

  2. Sally Swanson June 5, 2018 9:44 am

    Good news! I would so love to hold one of those chicks!

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  3. Dorothy N June 5, 2018 9:25 am

    Three cheers!! I reread your May 5 entry about this nest and the parents shoring up the nest. So glad they persisted. Question: did you only find one chick? You mentioned multiple eggs in the nest earlier, though maybe you hadn’t gotten that close.

    • Heather Ray June 5, 2018 9:58 am

      Only one chick and no sign of the other egg.

  4. Ann M. June 5, 2018 9:25 am

    The perseverance of the species. What a day brightener!

  5. Di June 5, 2018 8:25 am

    Gotta love happy endings!