“Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, And tell of His works with joyful singing.”
(Psalms 107:22 NASB)
Like a crane or a swallow, so I chattered; I mourned like a dove; My eyes fail from looking upward. O LORD, I am oppressed; Undertake for me! (Isaiah 38:14 NKJV)
Over the years we have lived here in Central Florida, we have been visited by Sandhill Cranes and their little ones. They are called “colts” when they are young. The ones in the above picture would be considered “juveniles.”
It is enjoyable to watch them mature and eventually become red on the top.
We are not “technically” supposed to feed them, but yet we can feed all the other birds. So how do you keep them out of your feeders. Hide them? No. The Lord made all of His creatures and promised to see that they are fed.
My flat feeders hang about 18 inches above the ground and Sandhill Cranes [adults] stand about:
“SIZE: Body, 31.5 to 47.2 in; wingspan, 5 to 6 ft”
WEIGHT: 6.5 to 14 lbs
AVERAGE LIFE SPAN IN THE WILD: 20 years (Natl Geo)
- Sandhill Cranes – Wikipedia
A few days ago while I was filling up my feeders, I looked up and here came Mom and Pop Sandhill Crane with their two latest youngsters. (The 2015 family) Needless to say I stopped and watched them for a while and then remembered to go get my camera. Here are some of those images. I shared a little seed with them. Not suppose to feed cranes, but even if I put seed in that hanging tray for the other birds, they have been known to eat from it. ( I felt sorry for the little ones. :) )
It looks like the little Sandhills need to grow into their knees.
I always enjoy when the Sandhill Crane parents bring their little ones by to check them out. When you get to watch the Lord’s created critters up close and see how really look and act is enjoyable. The Cranes are mentioned in Scripture and so they are some of our Birds of the Bible.
Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me. (Isaiah 38:14 KJV)
The parents made some chatter when I got too close to the little ones, but didn’t get it on video. Here is video of them in the yard (The noise is Dan edging the driveway):
You can tell by how many articles that I’ve written about that the cranes, that I like them and they visit often:
- Sandhill Crane Greeting
- Sandhill Crane Juveniles in Backyard
- Sandhill Crane “Colt” Birdwatching
- Birds of the Bible – Cranes
- Updated the Bible Birds – Crane Page
- Bible Birds – Crane’s Introduction
- Bible Birds – Cranes
- Bible Birds – Cranes I
- Eye of the Beholder – Ibises and Crane
- Gruidae – Cranes