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June 2022

Vol. 50, No. 3

Field Notes: First Confirmed Breeding of Sandhill Cranes in Worcester County, Massachusetts

Wendy Howes and Alan Rawle

Sandhill Crane parent with two juveniles approximately 10–12 weeks old, July 25, 2021. All photographs are by Alan Rawle.
Sandhill Crane parent with two juveniles approximately 10–12 weeks old, July 25, 2021. All photographs are by Alan Rawle.

In the October 2020 Bird Observer, Volume 48, Number 5, we reported on the first documented nesting attempt by Sandhill Cranes in Worcester County, in Hardwick. Neither of two observed colts survived beyond the first three to four weeks after hatching. The 2021 season resulted in a better outcome, as what we believe was the same adult pair—Sandhill Cranes exhibit nest-site fidelity—produced two offspring that eventually matured and accompanied their parents throughout at least mid-October.

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