The Sandhill Cranes have returned ... We saw a group fly in on our way home from the airport after the Thailand trip ... it seemed early, but apparently not ....
This youngster ( I am assuming because he is unhitched and is still gray which means he hasn't done the mud thing with a mate yet :) is walking in an area where I generally see a pair that has been coming back here for a long time. It is possible that he is a first year that has returned to his original home. And, what a beautiful specimen :)
He was as curious about us as we were him ... kept coming closer which I was loving. Eventually he turned and went the other way so we left. Further down the road we spotted the pair that I had referred to, searching for left overs in a corn field. More on them later :)