Ninety visitors joined us for a great night of crane viewing. We counted over twenty five hundred cranes this evening. The lead up was a bit sluggish, but starting about 6:30 large groups started coming in. The full moon rose to the northeast and was a great backdrop for some of the crane groups flying by.
The species count was also very good. In the 4 o’clock hour we were visited by a Golden Eagle. Later, a Northern Shrike perched for us and many visitors were able to view this passerine hunter in one of the scopes.
You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/cranecount.html.
Crane counters: Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
Compiler: Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant
Species count- 47
Great Blue Heron
American Black Duck
American Tree Sparrow