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Unread 05-15-2021, 10:40 AM   #41
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This morning Mama and Papa Crane are out with their babies showing them the ways of the world. Hunting for breakfast is on the menu at the moment and is just the beginning of a plethora of lessons to be learned.

A keen observer may notice something else in this pic of others that have left their sign.
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This morning Mama and Papa Crane are out with their babies showing them the ways of the world. Hunting for breakfast is on the menu at the moment and is just the beginning of a plethora of lessons to be learned.

A keen observer may notice something else in this pic of others that have left their sign.
Buck rub on the tree?
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The little colts are growing like weeds, their legs appear to have grown a couple of inches in just this past week.

In the 2nd pic below the little one in the back is showing the traits of the adult birds when displaying their mating dance -- spreading and flapping their wings while jump dancing.

They are so entertaining...
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Very cool. Must be big fun to watch and feed them. Best I can do right now is watch a raven come in and pick up the daily red squirrel I put out for him.
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At about six weeks of age the two young colts are doing fine. They are now mostly feathered out and have grown to near 3/4 of their adult size. It won't be long before they'll be taking flying lessons.
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they sure have grown...I have really enjoyed this post...thanks charlie
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The two young colts in the foreground are now about 7/8 adult size. Their legs are turning the black color of mature birds, but their beaks are yet to turn and the red feathers of their foreheads are yet to appear. They are just now learning take-off and landing procedures by scooting across the yard with wings flapping, gaining just a couple of feet of altitude before quickly settling down. It won't be long before they'll be taking short flights.
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Thank you for this!
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Our neighborhood Sandhill colts are now approximately 60+ days old and we've witnessed them taking short flights. We live at the south end of a cul-de-sac and these colts, being carefully watched by their parents, are now taking flight right from the end of the street in front of our house and flying about 1/2 way up the block to the north where a neighbor has a pair of metal Sandhill figurines in his front yard where they're landing. They then are taking off from there and flying back down the street to the end of the cul-de-sac. I would guess that within the next couple of days they'll be graduating to full flight training.

Here's a YOUTUBE video depicting what we've been witnessing the past couple of weeks around here. I of course, didn't do the video, but a lady named Nina Faust did a very nice job of chronicling young Sandhills learning to fly near Homer, Alaska in this video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hf8Yzu17o8
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