This week should have been our annual peak but we only counted 1,839 cranes today. They are coming in during the last hour before sunset and are in large groups. We are seeing more cranes settling in the eastern portions of Mud Lake Marsh but very few actually coming in from the east.
Over sixty visitors were on hand to witness groups of cranes flying directly above the overlook. An immature Coopers Hawk joined us on the overlook and perched for a while before setting off for a passerine snack. The mercury was in the sixties and although no bats were seen a few mosquitoes were still with us. A dozen Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies were seen.
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- 38
Great Blue Heron
American Black Duck