Greater sandhill crane pairs return to Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in late March and early April. They immediately begin to re-establish a nesting territory and will begin nest building/repair activities. This pair was out for a mid morning foraging stroll, looking for meadow voles, crayfish, and invertebrates. The invertebrates are found by probing the damp soils and by flipping over the cow pies left from the prescribed grazing conducted during the winter. Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS. Posted on Flickr by the US Department of the Interior, 4/7/17.
Because of the flexibility of their diet, mountain bluebirds are able to migrate north earlier than most birds. Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick. Posted on Facebook by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, 4/7/17.