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
Species count- 44
Great Blue Heron
American Black Duck
Great Horned Owl
American Tree Sparrow