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Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time. This post was originally written on another blog site several years ago. I thought it was cute and thought I would re-share on WordPress.

Shayna was a kitten (SPCA Suncoast alumni) back a few years ago. And, there were many firsts for her. It was fun watching her react to them. She discovered all kinds of weird and wonderful things; now, of course, they are simply the known and familiar so she sleeps through it all.

We always have a Sandhill Crane family or two around so every year we see them with their youngsters. The Sandhill Crane family includes Mom, Dad and 2 kids wandering around the Timber Greens golf course. One day, Shayna and the Sandhills got up close and personal. Maybe it’s not only beauty that is in the eye of the beholder? 

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time.

Shayna: Whoa, what are those really strange creatures? And why are they coming over here?

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Shayna: They are so weird looking.

Papa Sandhill Crane: She thinks WE’RE weird looking? Somebody get this kitten a mirror!

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Sandhill Cranes are about 3-4 feet tall when fully grown. The families stay together and usually have 2 babies. Mom and Dad split the child-rearing duties between them. Sandhill Cranes mate for life and if one dies or is killed crossing the busy roads around here, the other mourns for a few weeks by making very loud calls and wandering all over looking for the missing one. If a baby is lost/killed, the whole remaining family mourns.

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Babies are born with bright yellow feathers and after a couple of months go brown, then develop the gray coloration like their parents; except for the red spot on the head. That doesn’t show until they are 8-9 months old. They grow rapidly from tiny bundles of fluff, and babies stay with the parents until they can fly which takes about 8 or 9 months.

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Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Sandhill Crane Babies – It Must Be Spring

Sandhill Crane Babies – It Must Be Spring

Every year, our resident Sandhill Crane couple brings their babies around for us to admire and enjoy.

 We know it’s the same couple because they bring their babies to our back door for our admiration and approval, and wait for the seeds to come out. This year’s new crop of babies is very cute. They were born about two weeks ago and have already grown so much bigger.

 Sandhill Crane Babies – It Must Be Spring

Sandhill Crane Babies - It Must Be Spring

Sandhills mate for life, they have one or two babies. Sadly the babies don’t always make it especially if Spring turns back to something cold and nasty. Of course, every year, I hope for the best for these little ones.

Sandhill Crane Babies - It Must Be Spring

They are fun to watch with those spiky little legs and not much in the way of feathers. They have to really run to keep up with Mom and Dad’s long strides.  The cranes raise them for about 9-10 months.

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 Sandhill Crane Babies – It Must Be Spring

Journey From Fluff To Flight

Journey From Fluff To Flight

Many of you have been following the journey of my baby Sandhill Crane growing up in the woods and ponds of Timber Greens.

I wanted to share with you, the latest triumph for this tiny bundle of fluff (see slide show at bottom) that I posted about back at the end of February. The baby survived an awesome thunderstorm a few days later; lots of thunder and lightning. Mom sat with her wings open over him to keep him dry. Pneumonia is a very real threat to baby birds. He survived that.

There were some other tribulations along the way. The day he couldn’t walk (a couple of weeks ago) and I could see his ‘knees’ were all swollen and yellow; I was sick thinking he would die. His parents kept bringing him food and after a few days, he was able to take a few shaky steps. It took several more days before his full strength came back.

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Sandhill Cranes are such interesting birds to watch. They are quite large and walk around with great dignity. We have a pond next to our property and early mornings, when they come to drink and wash, they make a horrendous racket when saying good morning.

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Toni Weidman, GRI
Broker-associate
Florida Luxury Realty
Trinity, FL 34655
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Hope you enjoyed this Journey From Fluff To Flight