Three years ago on Christmas I brought you a picture of some sand hill cranes in the back pasture at my parents' house. And today I'm bringing you a picture of four of them walking down the road. Once again, they hung out for hours. They were there when I arrived around noon, and they were still hanging around when I left after five. I think someone down the road feeds them, so they were hanging around waiting for a handout. Seeing four of these guys together is no big deal, I've shown you groups that big before. It's usually two adults and two full-grown children that haven't left yet for their own new families. I think they stay together until it's almost time to start raising the next batch of little ones, then the youngsters fly the coop, so to speak.