On Monday we had a beautiful night at the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary to watch the cranes come in. Traffic was slow but steady and we broke the 100 mark for the season-always an event. The cranes arrived from all directions and we had some coming and going as in previous years with some leaving the marsh and 55 “fly-bys.” Several groups flew directly above the overlook so the dozen visitors we had on the property were able to get a close look. A juvenile was heard in one of the groups.
Other highlight species seen or heard include several Bald Eagles, a flicker that seemed to want a lot of attention, and flyovers of American Kestrel and Pileated Woodpecker.
You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/crane-count and the Blog page at the JAS site at http://jacksonaudubon.org/
Crane counters: Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
Compiler: Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant
Species count- 36
Great Blue Heron
American Black Duck