Every Spring since we have lived here (3 years now), and often while snow is still on the ground, our Sandhill Cranes fly in and begin preparing their nest. (We feel pretty sure that they fly up from Texas.) Before long only one of them is seen stalking around the yard and in the swampy grass behind us looking for food, while the other one sits on the nest. And at last, the eggs hatch and two little Signs of Spring are hustling around behind their parents, trying to keep up with their long legs.
The cranes are very faithful and committed, mating for life and always coming back to the same spot for their nest. I do think it is sweet and very fitting for Michigan! Just like everyone else here, they spend the warm summer months in their cottage "up north"!