I really enjoy Sandhill Cranes and I guess it's a good thing ~ I am now surrounded by them. It's the mascot at the kids new school and our neighborhood is one of their favorite hang outs. This one was on the roof of the house directly across the street.
Most of the chicks I had posted picture of are all grown up now and are the same size as their parents. They don't have the very distinctive red on their heads yet though. I hear them all through the day and managed to get a quick video of one yesterday. Hopefully you will be able to hear it alright. They actually get quite loud and you really don't want to approach them too closely as they can also be very aggressive. I saw a film one time of a couple of them backing down an alligator. YIKES!
Sorry about the "shaky" video. I was walking across the street as I filmed and those of you who know me, well... let's just say walking and chewing gum at the same time can be tricky!