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Greg Baehman 05-16-2017 11:33 AM

It's Cranemania around here!
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A pair of Sandhill Cranes have successfully nested in our backyard for the past six or seven years. This year's nest produced two eggs with both eggs hatching -- which, of course, doesn't always happen. The neighborhood is abuzz with excitement. The next few weeks are critical as the baby Sandhills will be swimming with sharks.

Greg Baehman 05-19-2017 05:04 PM

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Three days older and a little bolder.

Greg Baehman 05-28-2017 06:31 PM

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They're growing like weeds. In the past nine days the chicks legs appear to have grown about 3" in length.

Greg Baehman 06-20-2017 01:46 PM

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They're still growing like weeds!

Phillip Carr 06-20-2017 03:02 PM

Awesome !!!!

Greg Baehman 07-04-2017 01:59 PM

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Our Sandhill Crane chicks have now reached about 7/8 of their full-grown adult size. One can assume they'll soon be learning to fly. They are keeping the neighborhood amused and entertained . . . yesterday they were waiting at our neighbor across the street's back patio door just after daybreak begging for corn, today it was our turn. Most unfortunately, one of the chicks somehow lost its right eye, but does seem to be managing . . .

Charles Shelton 07-04-2017 06:46 PM

Very cool.
Take good care of them and do not let them fly to Texas. At least not to the Texas Panhandle as there is a hotbed of Sandhill crane shooting there - and they are good eating!

Daniel G Rainey 07-05-2017 01:08 PM

Thanks for the update. They are growing and seem to be doing well.

Greg Baehman 08-03-2017 12:41 PM

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After early morning showers three quarters of our Sandhill Crane family stopped by the front yard for a drink. We haven't seen the blind-in-one-eye baby for several days now. We fear for her fate.

Richard Flanders 08-04-2017 01:23 AM

Very cool to watch them grow up like you have. Too bad about the blinded one. I'm looking forward to a good crowd of ruffies in the yard this winter. Folks are reporting seeing family groups around the neighborhood but they haven't visited me yet. Hopefully when the snow flies. Last year I had 11 of them in the yard at this time.

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