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Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/15/2018

Monday, October 15, 2018 9:34 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

We are back in business!  345 cranes will be spending the night in the Mud Lake Marsh this evening.  A total of 451 were observed.  Nearly 300 of them flew in about 6:40 PM in the span of about 2 minutes!  We heard lots of juveniles as they flew by. 

We had an unofficial count of nearly 500 on Saturday evening.

A small group of egrets and a solo great blue heron also settled in for the evening.  Temperatures in the low 40s and a 15 mph wind meant no mosquitoes this week. 


eBird checklist is available at:   https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49222463

Crane counters:   Don Henise, & Steve Jerant
Compiler:  Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant

Crane Count:  345, 451 observed flying in area
Species count:  29

Species

Count

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

50

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

5

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

40

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)

2

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)

3

Gadwall (Mareca strepera)

30

American Wigeon (Mareca americana)

5

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

300

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

1

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)

30

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

1

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis)

451

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

3

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

1

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

7

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

2

Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

3

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

1

Accipiter sp. (Accipiter sp.)

1

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

2

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

2

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

3

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

10

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

100

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

20

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

4

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

6

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)

10

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

500

Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)

2

You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/crane-count 

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