The “Crane” famile at Valhalla

I pulled into my driveway yesterday and what did I see? A family of Cranes… I have never in all the years we have lived here seen these curious birds on our property. What a delight it was to see them & photograph them. They were cruisin’ for quite awhile on the property.

Mom Crane Dad Crane Baby Crane


Crane (bird)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Sandhill cranes
(Antigone canadensis)

Cranes are a family, the Gruidae, of large, long-legged, and long-necked birds in the group Gruiformes. The 15 species of cranes are placed in 3 genera, Antigone, Balearica, and Grus. Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons, cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back. Cranes live on all continents except Antarctica and South America.

They are opportunistic feeders that change their diets according to the season and their own nutrient requirements. They eat a range of items from suitably sized small rodents, fish, amphibians, and insects to grain and berries.

Cranes construct platform nests in shallow water, and typically lay two eggs at a time. Both parents help to rear the young, which remain with them until the next breeding season.[1]

Some species and populations of cranes migrate over long distances; others do not migrate at all. Cranes are solitary during the breeding season, occurring in pairs, but during the nonbreeding season, they are gregarious, forming large flocks where their numbers are sufficient.

Most species of cranes have been affected by human activities and are at the least classified as threatened, if not critically endangered. The plight of the whooping cranes of North America inspired some of the first US legislation to protect endangered species.


A Bird’s Breakfast ~

This beautiful bird was enjoying the suet we feed them …while I enjoyed my morning coffee. I love the colors of this bird and the markings on its chest .  Not sure what kind of bird it is ?

Penny has informed me that this is a Northern Flicker ~ Thank you Penny !

DSC_8878two DSC_8887two DSC_8893two DSC_8894two The birds sure love the suet …This woodpecker prefers the peanuts…

cropcrop2Camp Robbers (Whiskey Jack) like the vegetables from our chicken feed bucket… as well as the suet

DSC_8903 copy 3 41 2Not sure what kind of bird this is but he sure likes sunflower seeds… please let me know what kind of bird this is… thank you1c 2c 3c

This big fella is curious too…


here is a link to info about the Northern Flicker and the Whiskey Jack ~

Puppies,Parrots & Cockatoos oh my…

I have a friend who is a Certified Avian Specialist.  I was at her place the other day and couldn’t resist taking some images of her “flock”  She has these special birds some are pets others she has rescued and others she is bringing back to health.  She also has two of the cutest pups who love greeting people and eating cookies.

this is Casper…                                                  this is Ricky…

pupsThis is Aullie… he is a Solomon Island Eclectus… his life span is  60 to 80 years…DSC_5559 birds 1This is Kiwi a female White Capped Pionus… her life span is  25 to 40 years… she was enjoying a dog cookie here…DSC_5556DSC_5562This blue bird is Robin… she is a parrolette.. her life span is 15 to 20 years and she is the smallest parrot of the Amazon family…
birds 2This is Doodle… she is a Congo African Grey… her life span is 50 to 70 years… she is a rescue that is slowly getting her feathers back… she likes peanuts…DSC_5585 copyand she likes “showers”…DSC_5595 copyThis is Oscar he is a Goffin Cockatoo, his life span is 30 to 40 years… He is two years old…DSC_5573 birds 4DSC_5576

The next three are Cockatiels… their life  span is  15 to 20 years… the first one is approximately 15 years old… funny looking beak…DSC_5578 copy DSC_5580 copy DSC_5581 copy Beautiful animals aren’t they…

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The Sunflower Seeds ~


I never get tired of seeing these animals and birds.  It amazes me how they survive the cold winters.

Deer on the porch eating  sunflower seeds in the evening ~  gotta make a living.

DSC_4156 copyDSC_4147 copyDSC_4150 copy DSC_4162 copyDeer feeding on what a friend of mine calls “wild bird seed” on Horse Lake Road~DSC_4387webDSC_4383web DSC_4389webDeer in the yard sneaking up to get the sunflower seeds~DSC_4485WfourMr. Squirrel likes the sunflower seeds too…
DSC_6336 DSC_6337 DSC_6338So do the chickadees…