Count continues to be very low in the Sanctuary marsh. Actually about as low as you can get as our official count was 0. Fly-bys were a bit under 200, so that number is pretty low as well. Cranes are in the area as nearby locations got numbers above 1000 for the US Fish & Wildlife Services count last week.
Two Northern Harriers worked the marsh pretty hard this evening, but they were not the only ones snacking as we enjoyed pretzels (from Chelsea Bakery), donuts, muffins, and some Halloween candy. Near sunset we had 4 Egrets come in for the evening and a single Great Blue Heron, so there were at least a few long legged birds spending the night.
Winter birds are coming in with American Tree Sparrow, Winter Wren, and Dark-eyed Junco observed on the property tonight.
You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/crane-count.
Crane counters: Don Henise, Robyn Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
Compiler: Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant
Great Blue Heron
American Black Duck
American Tree Sparrow