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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!
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  • S73694205
    If you report the dying feral cat problem to the local human society they might help to put a stop to it if it's being done intentionally. And they might also be able to determine the source. Not trying to advise though. Just something I did once when I suspected it. I was surprised to find the Humane Society cared enough to send someone out to take a look. They determined it was the management of the place where I rented doing such. They fined them and filed charges against them. Because the Human Society would have picked them up and/or relocated them. (Or killed them more humanely.)

    Not sure you wanted to know this, but thought perhaps it might help. Take what you need and leave the rest. My best to you and yours.
    2250 days ago
    Nature can be sad, but necessary, sorry to say. I understand wanting to feed the cats, but my friend here owns Flagler Cats a non-profit company which is no kill and they catch fix and release cats, because she says two feral cats can cause a whole colony in a very short time. Maybe there is someone like that around you.?
    hugs Heidi
    2260 days ago
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    The cat thing is kind of strange. We had cats at work a few years back that several of the employees feed and took care of. Then the lest tern, which looked like a seagull to us, nested on the building next to us. Well, I am not sure if it is a county thing or a state thing or what, but the groups that monitor bird nesting, turned us in for feeding the cats near a protected bird nesting area. Anyway, they had our employees on video feeding the cats. Not only were they going to fine the business but each employee in the video who fed the cats. It was like 5 employees. And the fines were harsh. The only way out of the fines was we had to catch the cats and turn them in. We caught 27 cats that year. It was horrible for everyone. On the bright side, the birds left and we have been getting more cats back. Til this day, I haven't seen our employees feed them, but we have new neighbors and I think they feed them. So someone probably got busted feeding the cats near the nesting area.

    I am sorry to hear something got one of the baby cranes. But you are right, that's nature. Just hoping the other baby makes it okay and the cat problem stops. Keep us updated.
    2261 days ago
    I am so sorry about the cats -- this is awful.
    2261 days ago

    With so many cats dying, it sounds like someone is poisoning them. So sad. Where I used to live 8 years ago my neighbor had to put her daughter in the hospital in Seattle because she got Leukemia. While they were gone I would go over to her house and feed the 18 Ferral cats in her back yard. Well, if I was late going over, one of the kittens would come to my front door to get me so I would feed them. So cute. They all knew where I lived. Lol

    Sad about the baby Crane but that is natures way.
    2261 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Owls did come to mind when you said the baby was gone during the night. As for the cats, I would say it's probably people doing that. They COULD probably trap them and find a free spay/neuter program that would allow them to be set free after but that involves work. The really good part of that is they are still out there catching vermin none of us want in our homes.
    2262 days ago
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