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Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 11/09/2015

Monday, November 09, 2015 8:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

While both visitor and crane counts were down tonight we were treated to river otters frolicking in Mud Lake Marsh.  Three were active in the 3 o’clock hour but later, when more visitors were here, one of the otters was seen swimming about. 

A half a dozen Eastern Bluebirds were very active in the meadow, checking out the nest boxes below the overlook.  Their color looked great and reminded us that spring is just 5 short months away.

The cranes came in fast and in large groups with several coming in close to the overlook.  The numbers dwindled as the night grew near and a Great Horned owl reminded us it was time to pack it up and head home for the evening. 

Tonight’s count of 1450 will be used for one of the official counts submitted to the US Fish & Wildlife Service for the 2015 Sandhill Crane survey.

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

Crane Count-1450

Species count- 44

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Mute Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Green-winged Teal

American Black Duck


Northern Shoveler


American Widgeon

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Cooper's Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Coot

Sandhill Crane

Wilson's Snipe

Ring-billed Gull

Mourning Dove

Great Horned Owl

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

European starling

Northern Cardinal

American Tree Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Common Grackle

House Finch

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

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