I haven't mentioned the cranes as they have been gone for 21 days. Saturday the three of them flew in here and spent the entire day in our yard. The story goes that on July 28th we suspect it was a coyote that got one of the young ones. Right after that incident the three of them disappeared. I knew they had gone off to a safer place until the remaining chick could fly and then they would visit again which is exactly what happened. They had to walk wherever they went and I never saw them anywhere around here. They can be very mysterious. Cranes are now 'gathering' in flocks prior to migrating next month. My friend Nina has 81 of them up at her place these days. I wonder if my three go up there too?