I am fortunate in that I live in the country.Each day I am awakened by the raucous sounds of cranes as they fly over on their way to feed.There is a family of 4 that have staked out my apartment complex as a food source.All of the residents recognize these creatures & have even given them names.The male is Andy, his mate Sandy, their 2 chicks are Bill & Ted. The fact that Andy & Sandy raised 2 chicks is a rarity .They mate for life and both parents feed the young which are actually called “colts. These gorgeous birds know exactly who will throw them bread and who puts out seeds or cracked corn. Andy has lately taken to “knocking” on the window of a lady who feeds the whole family daily! During the heat of the day the young family stays in the shady areas by the river, & as afternoon comes they meander their way to the commons in search of a hand out.They are actually so used to the people out here that they will come right up and take a piece of bread right from your fingers.I witnessed the funny dance that they do during mating season as Andy will pick up a long stick in his beak,and then jump up in the air throwing down the stick and making calls to his mate ,who then repeats the same movements. As the young dance & run with the parents they are learning to fly ,and dancing is a significant component in the education of young cranes Mated pairs of cranes engage in “unison calling.” The cranes stand close together, calling in a synchronized and complex duet. The female makes two calls for every single call of the male. The mated pair stays together year round & migrate as a group with their young.