Sandhill Cranes Feeding a Colt in Waukesha County Wisconsin on June 12, 2019

I birded some of western Waukesha County this morning for something different. The highlight of the morning was 2 adult Sandhill Cranes feeding a cute colt. This was a young colt and it stayed close to both adults. They both probed the ground and gave the colt things to eat, sometimes passing something or dropping it in front of the colt to eat it on its own. Pretty exciting to watch this from a distance. It rained briefly while I was there but cranes just went about their business feeding and feeding the colt. Images were taken on June 12, 2019.

Sandhill Crane adult with the colt…

The Sandhill Crane colt…with rain falling…

Passing a grub to the colt…with a drizzle…

Colt eating the grub…

The colt pulling the worm out of the ground, the adult partially pulled it out…

Colt with the worm, the adult watches…

Dealing with the worm…

I’m going to get this down…the adult just watches

Almost down…

An adult briefly looks around…it is still drizzling…

The adult drops a grub in front of the colt and the colt picks it up…

The colt then eats the grub…

The adult pulls a grub out of the ground…

The pass…

The adult walks around in search of food, the colt just watches, it is an on going lesson how to get things to eat…

Another grub is passed on to the colt…

Time to get it down…

Another pass…

And another grub…

Watching the adult, could be the female…