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Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/04/2021

Monday, October 04, 2021 9:39 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

I think only the ducks had a good day but we were able to do our observations tonight through breaks in the rain. The water in Mud Lake Marsh was high and a visibly larger area was evident than just one week ago.  Changing full and partial sunlight along with dark clouds made for some spectacular views. 

The largest movement of birds were the wood ducks and the blackbirds, but these were more muted than normal due to the weather.  The great egrets continue to roost for the evening and watching them glide in bright white against a black sky is always a treat for me. 

There were just a few raptors tonight and for one of them, we could not agree if it was a falcon or an accipiter. 

Only a single pair of cranes will be roosting tonight. If it was the same pair as last week, we thank them for their patronage.

Crane counters:   Ross Green, Gary Siegrist & Steve Jerant
Compiler:  Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant

Crane Count:  02 (8 total observed)
Species count:  30

30 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 19

Wood Duck 64

Blue-winged Teal 3

American Black Duck 1 DNS

Mourning Dove 5

Sandhill Crane 8 2

Great Blue Heron 2

Great Egret 21

Northern Harrier 2

Bald Eagle 1

hawk sp. 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker 2

Blue Jay 10

American Crow 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

House Wren 2

European Starling 2

Gray Catbird 1

Eastern Bluebird 8

American Robin 56

Cedar Waxwing 12

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 3

Song Sparrow 4

Swamp Sparrow 3

sparrow sp. 4

Red-winged Blackbird 185

Common Grackle 1

Common Yellowthroat 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2

Indigo Bunting 1

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You can view past postings and historical crane counting data on the Haehnle web site at

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