It was a bit warmer than last week and the ice in the marsh has receded. Six species of waterfowl were observed. A pair of Trumpeter Swans came over from Eagle Lake with their trumpets blaring and a nice orange sheen from the setting sun. The cranes came in from the east and west and we had a few overflights above the observation hill.
Woodpeckers and raptors filled much of the remaining species list.
I’m not sure if this will be our last count of the year. We’ll see how the weather and the flocks are this weekend.
Total crane count was 241, with about 2,000 more to the west and north not counted.
Crane counters: Gary Siegrist & Steve Jerant
Compiler: Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant
Species count: 17
View eBird checklist at https://ebird.org/checklist/S123182374