This is the time of year when the sandhill cranes start to form flocks again in preparation for their fall migration. So, at this little place here, we've been seeing and hearing more of them lately.
I didn't expect, however, to nearly hit the kitchen ceiling the other morning when this pair started bugling from about 30' on the other side of the wall!! They snuck up on me silently, whether by walking up the driveway or flying in then landing in the front yard, I don't know. But suddenly they were there, and they were LOUD!