A pair of cranes has defended the nesting territory behind our house for 20 years.
On April 27 at 6:15 AM, crane unison calls roused us from a sound slumber. We looked out our living room window to see Millie and Roy calling boisterously calling from the cranberry bog. After cautiously exploring the territory for 13 minutes, they flew across the valley to their alternate site. That afternoon they came back to inspect, to dance, to snooze standing in meltwater pools, to mate, and finally left to roost across the valley.
This is part 1 of Millie and Roy's 2015 nesting chronicle.
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