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Sandhill Crane Colt Update

Sad news on the Sandhill Crane colt front. One of the colts was attacked and killed by a mink on Monday. It is one month this week since they hatched.

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

Both colts had been doing so well and it would have been a pleasant change of pace given recent history to have two survive and grow up. All we can do now is hope the remaining colt fares better.

California Quail

Before getting tied up with monitoring the Sandhill Cranes this afternoon, I spent a little time with the odd bird out today.

California Quail
California Quail

This California Quail has been in the sanctuary for a little while now, likely having been released on Westham Island along with other game birds by the local rod and gun club.

California Quail
California Quail

It was challenging getting some decent shots of the bird as it was so busy chasing the geese and ducks around. Quite the attitude this little bird had.

The Colts

Spent the day at Reifel helping out with the Sandhill Crane pair and their colts. A portion of the trails are closed to accommodate them, but they invariably make it out on to the open trails where staff and volunteers will monitor them and their interaction with visitors. While they spent most of the morning out of sight,

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

… they eventually made their way out of the meadow into the pond. The good news being there was still two colts and they both appeared to be doing well.

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

From there they made their way up to an open trail,

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

… providing great viewing and photo opportunities.

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

How could you not enjoy the cuteness factor? Especially when the two colts get together like this.