Adult and juvenile Sandhill Cranes in early summer (Gary Aitken)

Adult and juvenile Sandhill Cranes in early summer (Gary Aitken)

Cranes in flight (Gary Aitkens)

Cranes in flight (Gary Aitken)

Just thought that you would like to know that the three Sandhill Cranes are still here, adjacent to the Miller Creek Conservation Area on the 7th Line of Selwyn Township. In previous years they were gone by the end of July. Having the cranes here this late has given us the wonderful opportunity of watching the three of them in flight as they arrive and depart from the field behind our house. We had never seen this before; they always walked in and out. I am always in awe as I watch them fly together. They form a triangle with the one in the middle higher than the two on each side. I wonder if the male is above and slightly ahead with the female and chick side-by-side below. I know for sure that I will never forget this majestic sight and how it makes me feel. The chick is not much smaller than the adult pair, so I imagine that they will be heading south soon. We are so fortunate to have had them here for four summers now.

Gary Aitken

7th Line of Selwyn Township

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Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.