Journaling Wisconsin: Sandhill Cranes

Sandhills in My Backyard in Summer

Elegant, lengthy, lovely legs
trailing in March breeze;
outstretched Victorian neck
curved, crooked cleverly
striving for morning sun.
Warbling, warbling melody
etching news in cluttered sky,
“Sandhills Cranes with scarlet
mascara have finally arrived!”
If only they would return my
gaze when summer swelters in.

Whether stepping singly across a wet meadow or filling the sky by the hundreds and thousands, Sandhill Cranes have an elegance that draws attention. These tall, gray-bodied, crimson-capped birds breed in open wetlands, fields, and prairies across North America

allaboutbirds.org

At night, both species of cranes prefer to roost in shallow wetlands or rivers. … In wetlands, sandhill and whooping cranes eat a variety of animals, including birds (mostly nestlings and eggs), rodents, snakes, frogs (adults and tadpoles), insects, fish, snails, mussels, crayfish, and turtles.

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife

Sandhill Cranes are known for their dancing skills. Courting cranes stretch their wings, pump their heads, bow, and leap into the air in a graceful and energetic dance.

allaboutbirds.org

P.Wolf, poet & author… I actually saw this tender dance one summer afternoon as I sat on my back porch staring out on our marsh. It was stunning as is the Sandhill’s Creator who waits for all people to follow Him.

“Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.”

Jeremiah 8:7