Breakfast with our Sand Hill Cranes

Our sand hill cranes having breakfast.

Our sand hill cranes having breakfast.

Three years ago, we enjoyed the company of a pair of sand hill cranes. We affectionately named them Vern and Erma. They spent a lot of time just wandering around our property like an old married couple wandering around a park. We only had Nickolas at the time and he got quite a kick out of seeing them around. We would look for them if they were gone for a day or two.

Here they are, back in 2010, meeting up with two other visitors that we had that day.

Here they are, back in 2010, meeting up with two other visitors that we had that day.

They came back the next year but didn’t linger nearly as long. And then they were gone.

Until yesterday. We saw them eating out of our birdfeeders in the backyard early in the morning. Then they went around to the bird feeders in the front yard and lingered all day just as they had in the past. Well, who knows if these are the same two, but we’re going with it and are excited that Vern and Erma are back.

I have attempted to take pictures of them from inside the house, but they easily see or sense when I get too close to the window and scurry away. Although scurry isn’t really the right word to describe how they walk, if you’ve ever seen one do so. They have a jerky little strut–knees bending backward, necks jutting forward. Every once in a while, I get a glimpse of something out of the corner of my eye as I pass by our windows and sure enough, there are Vern and Erma just strolling by.

I shot a little footage of them eating breakfast while my kids were eating breakfast. The kids didn’t realize their voices were being recorded, so they giggled like crazy when I showed them the video and want to watch it over and over, not because of the birds, but because they think they {themselves} are so funny.

I hope the birds stick around, BUT I hope they don’t continue to wake us up at 6am like they did this morning. I do remember that was their calling time the first year they visited. We thought we were being invaded by pterodactyls that first day, but now we’re used to their call. Although at 6am, it’s quite annoying, no matter how much we appreciate their company.

 

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