Sandhill Cranes

There are lots of sandhill cranes throughout Canada and especially in the Northwest Territories.

Elegant and graceful, they arrive in late spring to mate and raise their young. They mate for life and usually have two eggs each spring. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that both chicks will survive to adulthood. The male is readily identifiable through his distinctive red forehead patch.

Happy Tuesday.

21 thoughts on “Sandhill Cranes”

    1. My understanding is that most crane species do. I’ve been looking for chicks. Either it’s a bit too early or they’re well hidden. If I get a photo, I’ll definitely post it.

    1. They do like to come to the north. There are several crane species that summer and raise their young here: the most famous of them is, of course, the whooping cranes.

  1. I’ve seen them doing their dance in an estuary in the Queen Charlottes when we lived there a long time ago. They’re so beautiful to watch.

        1. For sure. These birds tend to be very calm and unconcerned about humans, but I think that filming them might be a different proposition – much different from a quick snap!

          1. It was so long ago when I saw this crane dance. I wasn’t into cameras much then, but it would be priceless to have that same opportunity now, with a camera.

  2. We get then roughly Jan-Feb in Kentucky. I love to there unique trill as the snack of the remains of our neighbor’s corn field.

    1. They must love that! These two were exploring an area next to a road (sandhills seem to like foraging next to roads as I’ve seen them do this many times before) for tasty bits.

  3. These are beautiful birds. I like the shade of red on the male’s head. Less showy than the cardinals we get around here.

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