I heard about the Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) chick at Burnaby Lake from bcsongbird. She says it is not usual to see Sandhill Cranes there and this couple has been there for a few months. I saw my first Sandhill Cranes at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary on Wednesday. There were many adults eating tidbits on the gravel path near the water, along with some Canada Geese. Friday, I had an errand to run in Burnaby so I thought I’d pop by Burnaby Lake afterwards. It was my second time there. The first time I walked along the south shore, so yesterday I visited the north shore. I headed to the Piper Spit, which seems to be the place where the waterbirds like to hang out. There were many, many nest boxes on a sand flat nearby. I spent some time hanging out on the pier and taking pictures of the many birds. Twice, the family of cranes walked near me so I managed to take some decent photographs with my tiny camera. I’m guessing the dad is the closest crane in my picture. He’s in the “protector” position. And sometimes the other two would wander away on their own.
According to All About Birds, female Sandhill Cranes typically lay two eggs and usually, only one survives to fledge. Sandhill Cranes mate for life and stay with their mate year-round. Youngsters stay close to their parents for 9 to 10 months after hatching.