What have we here?

A new sandhill crane nest was recently built on the edge of a pond near the house. Today, it seems to be shocked that there is an egg in the nest. There are actually two eggs and by the next day, they had figured out to sit on them both. So far its been a couple of weeks and both eggs remain intact in the nest…

They grow up so fast…..

Back in May, I posted an image of a sandhill crane that was one of two that had been born in the Spring out back. The two newbies are still in the neighborhood never far from the adults, but, as you can see, they have really grown in three months. The red crown doesn’t come in for the first year juveniles. The brownish feathers they were born with are transitioning to fresh grey feathers during the molt in late summer.