As we drove around looking for Sandhill Cranes we saw a great many cattle out in the pastures. Here in Grey-Bruce, this is the time of year when farmers have sold on the calves they raised this summer and purchased young cattle to graze over the fall and feed over the winter to bring them up to a market weight of about 1500 lb. Right now they're making use of any available pastures, the most readily available way to feed the young cattle.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Lots of Cattle, and Wetlands Too
Our route took us through Kilsyth, the village where both my grandparents lived, and my own parents met. Lots of happy memories of times spent here, including the summer Mrs. F.G. and I lived here after my last living aunt died.
Lots of wetlands too. Sandhill Cranes typically nest in secluded spots around the edges of wetlands, building a nest 3-4' across. They mate for life.
As did this old drainage ditch, now turned into an almost-natural wetland. Water levels are very high after all the rain we've had.