Sandhill Crane Parenting

Pair of Sandhill Cranes with Chick
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-100Sandhill Cranes are wonderful parents! The mated pair stay together year round and migrate together. They typically lay 1-2 eggs and both parents participate in incubation. The Chicks are able to follow Mom and Dad around to forage within 24 hours of hatching. The Chicks stay with the parents for 10 to 11 months. The young Sandhills migrate with Mom and Dad but until they find a mate at about age 7, the "teenagers" flock together with other teenagers. The Sandhill can live up to 20 years. They are very protective and loyal and are almost always seen in a family group or adult pair. Sandhill Cranes are remarkable in their habits and behavior!
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One Response to “Sandhill Crane Parenting”

  1. Perry Douglas says:

    Wonderful photo Sandra! I live in Northern California near Sacramento and we have several wetland nature reserves where Sandhill cranes stop by each year in the fall. However, I have never seen a family such as the one you captured here. The chick is adorable. Keep up the good work!