cats & cranes
Monday, March 17, 2014
I have so enjoyed watching the newly hatched twin baby Sandhill Cranes grow and totter around the yard. They are getting big and tall now. A few nights, after dark, we heard what I can only describe as a mournful cry coming from the nest where they always go at night. I put a spotlight on them but really couldn't see very well. The next morning there was only one baby! We have a lot of hawks and eagles that hang around here but we weren't sure what got the baby. Then in the evening we saw a large owl up in a tree scoping out the nest. I hope the remaining baby will be safe.
We also have a rather large colony of feral cats that hang around, although we're not supposed to, we feed them and have grown very close to them. It's funny to watch the papa Crane chase them and the deer away if he thinks they are too close to the baby. Suddenly our well feed, healthy cats have been dying. We suspect something is poisoning them. Six dead in 2 days and many more are missing. Nature, or humans, can be so cruel!