This adult was already checking out this alfalfa field, possibly scoping for the future... I was able to get relatively close.
|Sandhill Crane in alfalfa field with lots of dandelions|
|Sandhill Crane takeoff|
|Sandhill Crane colt and adult pair|
|Sandhill Crane trumpeting|
The cranes must have been near a Red-winged Blackbird nest, because one was very persistent in verbally and physically making it known that the cranes were not welcome there. The bird would often land and sit on it's back, pecking away until a jab of the long, pointy bill would send the bird circling to start the aerial assault again.
|Red-winged Blackbird pestering Sandhill Crane|
|Red-winged Blackbird assault|
This Red-winged Blackbird was more content to put on a display for some hidden female somewhere.
Here's my birding buddy for the afternoon...
The Eastern Meadowlarks were singing away again, but what got my attention this time was a very unique call... Bobolink! They are a provincially threatened bird, and it's a new life bird for me. The call is described as being "bubbly" which sort of describes it. It almost has a tight echo built into the sound. Hard to describe but when you hear it, it's hard to forget that ID.
|Male Bobolink still in breeding plumage.|
There were at least 5 or 6 of them flying around, appearing out of the long grass as I walked around. They nest on the ground so I was sure to be careful of not stepping on anything. They would fly up out of the grass, circle me a few times and the drop down to the cover of the long blades, leaving just a dull yellow head barely visible.
|Bobolink collage - in flight|
Bobolinks migrate a huge distance. Travelling from their summer region of the northern states and southern parts of the provinces, down to central South America.
|Bobolink in flight|