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Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 09/26/2016

Monday, September 26, 2016 9:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

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 and the Blog page at the JAS site at

Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
Compiler:  Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant

Crane Count-151

Species count- 36

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

American Black Duck


Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

Sandhill Crane

Mourning Dove

Chimney Swift

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Tree Swallow

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Cedar Waxwing

Common Yellowthroat

Northern Cardinal

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

American Goldfinch

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