April 2018

April 2018


Introducing the colt of Swallowtail Ranch


Written by: Clare-Anne Canfield  
Published: 2018-04-30  

Written by: Clare-Anne Canfield

Published: 2018-04-30  


Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield

Sandhill crane babies are called "colts" and we're lucky enough to watch one growing up on our property. 
April 8th, 2018 Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield
April 20th, 2018 Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield

Quick facts about Sandhill cranes:
  • They mate for life.
  • Most Sandhill cranes are migratory, but ours happen to be a non-migratory, sub-species that reside here year round.
  • Colts can grow an inch a day!
  • Colts stay with their parents for almost a year, so expect more pictures of this beautiful family.
  • Males and females both take part in incubating the eggs and feeding the young ones.
  • Dad will aggressively defend his family (even if the predator is your house windows).
April 29th, 2018 Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield
April 20th, 2018 Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield
April 29th, 2018 Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield

Have a lovely week!
Our back yard jungle Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield




Barred owl babies are too cute to be real (and their parents may be older than you)


Written by: Clare-Anne Canfield  
Published: 2018-04-04  

Written by: Clare-Anne Canfield

Published: 2018-04-04  


Young Barred owls about to fledge. Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield

The oldest Barred owl was recorded and banded in Minnesota. It was found dead in fishing gear at the age of 24 years and 1 month. There's a good chance that your local owl is older than you.

Being a large bird of prey like the Barred owl is nice unless your neighbor is a Great Horned owl and then you may want to consider moving. Great Horned owls prey on Barred owl eggs, youngsters, and  sometimes an adult (...That is bonkers).

Adult Barred owl watching out for the kiddos. Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield

Males and females usually mate for life, but no one really knows which of the two pick the nesting site (I'm going to go with female here because it's what we do). Barred owls are usually found in mature forests and nest in large, dead trees. You can also build a nesting box if you live near a mature forest. Just do a quick Google image search to get some ideas and then you may also enjoy sharing your home with the most adorable babies on the planet.
They're watching you. Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield

Typical cavity nest site for Barred owls. Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield


Learn more about Barred owls at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.