Yesterday, while exploring a new area in nature, Elliot and I met up with a rare and happy sight. A joyful sign of new birth. A favorite bird couple, the red-headed, long-legged sandhill crane appeared with their little fuzzy chicks, only a few days old.
Sandhills are usually protective of their newborn, and so it was a treat to see the little tots abide in their father's shadow.
Their unlikely appearance on our path seemed significant. I learned something interesting. Cranes are well known for their mating dance. The two birds face each other, coil, and then vertically spring up with an exuberant leap sometimes higher than 15-feet. With their red heads held high, in mid-air, they flap their wide wings four or five times before coming back down. This giant ballerina leap is the heart of the crane dancing. Such enthusiasm is contagious, and other cranes may join in the dance of spring.
When a crane appears, it is usually a time for us to come out and live, join in the dance of life. Life is meant to be danced and celebrated, not feared. "Secret and noble guardianship surrounds you and your activities now."
Enjoy your day with the Angels. What messages are winging their way to you today?
Love and joyful blessings,
Crane ref: Animal-Wise by Ted Andrews