A young sandhill crane leads its parents into the bush from the ditch on the Smith Highway on Sunday, July 31. These are likely the pair and their young which nest on an acreage in the area.
“The sandhill crane is now the most abundant species of crane in the world,” says the Nature Conservancy Canada website. They forage for food in prairies, fields and marshes. Sandhill cranes can be up to 1.2 metres tall (just shy of four feet) with a wing span of two metres (6.5 feet). Most sandhill cranes breed in Canada. It is a cousin to the endangered whooping crane.