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HAEHNLE SANCTUARY FALL CRANE COUNTS

Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary conducts Crane Counts at the sanctuary starting the first Monday after Labor Day and every Monday thereafter until the Sandhill Cranes depart for the winter.  The counts start around 3:30 PM. This page contains current and historic count data.

DETAILED reports AND COUNTS FOE  the FALL OF 2014.  .

 

Crane counts, reports and sightings for the 2014 season.

Detail Crane counts for this season and the four previous years.

Current map of locations of  Cranes seen feeding near Haehnle Sanctuary.

Peak Crane counts 1941 to the present.

Detail Crane counts 1969 to present.

 

We normally have many Greater Sandhill Cranes stop at our sanctuary in the fall. In the last few years we have been fortunate to have have a Whooping Crane visit as well .(The Whooping Crane is observably larger than the Sandhill, mostly white with black wing tips and black on front of head and beak.)

If you spot the Whooping Crane, please do not disturb him and do not trespass on private land to get a better view.

DETAILED CRANE COUNTS FAR THIS SEASON AND THE FIVE PREVIOUS YEARS.

 2009 Date   2009  Count  2010 Date  2010  Count  2011 Date  2011  Count  2012 Date  2012 Count  2013 Date  2013 Count  2014 Date  2014 Count 
                       
            3-Sep  295 Sep 9 2 Sep 7 6
14-Sep 19 13-Sep 146 12-Sep 5 10-Sep 304 Sep 16 66 Sep 14 2
21-Sep 100 20-Sep 237 19-Sep 5 17-Sep 297 Sep 23 36 Sep 22 45
28-Sep 126 27-Sep 318 26-Sep 0 24-Sep 349 Sep 30 21    
                       43
5-Oct 42 4-Oct 448 3-Oct 5 1-Oct 811 Oct 7 239 Oct 6  
5-Oct   11-Oct 1,762 10-Oct 18 8-Oct 1,875 Oct 14 385 Oct 13 43
12-Oct 18 18-Oct 2,108 17-Oct 362 15-Oct 2,586 Oct 21 176 Oct 20  
19-Oct 230 25-Oct 2,639 24-Oct 18 22-Oct 3,670 Oct 28 714 Oct 27  
26-Oct       31-Oct 32 29-Oct 5,012        
2-Nov   1-Nov 4,094     5-Nov 7,483 Nov 4 62 Nov 3  
9-Nov   8-Nov 4,792 7-Nov 32 12-Nov 6,490 Nov 11 4 Nov 10  
16-Nov   15-Nov 5,523 14-Nov 13 19-Nov 8,177 Nov 18 29 Nov 17  
23-Nov   22-Nov 4,473 21-Nov 17 26-Nov 6,927 Nov 25   Nov 24  
30-Nov   29-Nov   28-Nov 5            
7-Dec   6-Dec       3-Dec 5,540     Dec 1  
14-Dec   13-Dec       10-Dec 2,802     Dec 8  
21-Dec   20-Dec       17-Dec 2,216      Dec 15  

CRANE  COUNTS, REPORTS AND SIGHTINGS FOR THIS SEASON  (FALL2014e)

CRANE COUNT:  43 SANDHILL CRANES ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 13,  2014.

Sandhill Crane numbers dropped off since last week with only 43 cranes being counted as they came in to roost in Mud Lake Marsh. Another 203 cranes were counted as flyby birds.

Sparrows provided some of the highlights during today's count with Field, Lincoln's, Song, Swamp, White-throated and White-crowned being reported. A group of Purple Finches were feeding on various berries along the prairie edges. Our resident Trumpeter Swan Family (2 adults and 1 young) made a showing in the very distant waters. Three 1st year Northern Harriers were seen throughout most of the evening coursing the marsh. Only 1 or 2 Great Egrets were seen in the marsh, but at dusk 24 flew overhead  from south to north, 19 in one group.
 

COUNTERS:  Gary Siegrist (Head), Don Henise, Lathe Claflin, Ron Hoffman
COMPILER: 
Steve Jerant.

SPECIES SEEN 42):  
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Haw

Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Coot
Sandhill Crane

American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch

 

CRANE COUNT:  45 SANDHILL CRANES ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 6,  2014.

A count of Sandhill Cranes was conducted on Monday evening at the Haehnle Sanctuary since the weekly count was rained out on Sunday. We plan to count again on Sunday evening next weekend and then return to our traditional Monday evening counts on October 6th.

For the first time this season, the number of Sandhill Cranes roosting in Mud Lake Marsh outnumbered Great Egrets. We ended the evening with 45 Sandhill Cranes roosting and counted another 124 flybys, so at least we are seeing more cranes moving around in the area and had a few come in to roost in the marsh. Only about 15 Great Egrets were seen tonight.

As is often the case during our fall counts, raptors were well represented. Highlights were an adult Peregrine Falcon flushing a number of ducks as it flew across the marsh, an adult Bald Eagle over the tree line to the north, a lone Broad-wing Hawk soaring overhead shortly after our arrival and a first year Northern Harrier working the marsh the entire time we were there.

A count of Sandhill Cranes was conducted on Monday evening at the Haehnle Sanctuary since the weekly count was rained out on Sunday. We plan to count again on Sunday evening next weekend and then return to our traditional Monday evening counts on October 6th.

For the first time this season, the number of Sandhill Cranes roosting in Mud Lake Marsh outnumbered Great Egrets. We ended the evening with 45 Sandhill Cranes roosting and counted another 124 flybys, so at least we are seeing more cranes moving around in the area and had a few come in to roost in the marsh. Only about 15 Great Egrets were seen tonight.

As is often the case during our fall counts, raptors were well represented. Highlights were an adult Peregrine Falcon flushing a number of ducks as it flew across the marsh, an adult Bald Eagle over the tree line to the north, a lone Broad-wing

COUNTERS:  Gary Siegrist (Head), Don Henise, Lathe Claflin, Ron Hoffman
COMPILER: 
Steve Jerant.

SPECIES SEEN 42):  
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot

Sandhill Crane
Wilson's Snipe
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Tree Swallow
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Sedge Wren

Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing European starling
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Purple Finch
 

 

CRANE COUNT:  45 SANDHILL CRANES ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22,  2014.

A count of Sandhill Cranes was conducted on Monday evening at the Haehnle Sanctuary since the weekly count was rained out on Sunday. We plan to count again on Sunday evening next weekend and then return to our traditional Monday evening counts on October 6th.

For the first time this season, the number of Sandhill Cranes roosting in Mud Lake Marsh outnumbered Great Egrets. We ended the evening with 45 Sandhill Cranes roosting and counted another 124 flybys, so at least we are seeing more cranes moving around in the area and had a few come in to roost in the marsh. Only about 15 Great Egrets were seen tonight.

As is often the case during our fall counts, raptors were well represented. Highlights were an adult Peregrine Falcon flushing a number of ducks as it flew across the marsh, an adult Bald Eagle over the tree line to the north, a lone Broad-wing Hawk soaring overhead shortly after our arrival and a first year Northern Harrier working the marsh the entire time we were there.

COUNTERS:  Gary Siegrist (Head), Don Henise, Robyn Henise
COMPILER: 
Steve Jerant.

Crane numbers - 45 in

A total of 38 species were recorded between 3:10 and 7:30 pm:

BIRDS SEEN (10):  
Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane - 45 Roosting in Mud Lake Marsh, 124 flybys
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch

CRANE  COUNTS, REPORTS AND SIGHTINGS FOR THIS SEASON  (FALL2013)

CRANE COUNT:  2 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER. 14,  2014.

We finished our second week of counting, enjoying a beautiful day and evening to offset the low numbers of cranes. 59 Great Egrets came in to roost, but the majority of them took off in a large group shortly before sunset. Our Trumpeter swan and young was observed early in the evening and later was seen chasing some Canada geese. Other highlights included an immature Bald Eagle, Common Nighthawk, and a pair of Great Horned Owls calling to let us know it was about time to pack up for the night. A complete species list is below.

Some visitors to the Sanctuary came out of the woods on our nature trail with a 4 point buck following them. This deer has been sighted by others, including me, this year. He does not seem to be at all fearful of humans and it took quite the effort to move him away from the Harold Wing overlook.

NOTE: Crane counting continues on Sundays until October, when we will return to Monday evening.

COUNTERS:  Gary Siegrist (Head), Don Henise, Robyn Henise
COMPILER: 
Steve Jerant.

Crane numbers - 2 in marsh, 59 fly-by's

Total bird species seen 44

BIRDS SEEN (10):  
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Trumpeter Swan (with young)
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Green-winged Teal
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Bald Eagle (imm.)
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
 
Red-tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Killdeer
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
airy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
European starling
Common Yellowthroat
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch

CRANE COUNT:  6 SANDHILL CRANES ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7,  2014.

The Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Counting crew held our first count of the season at the sanctuary. While its still early and cranes have not started to gather we had a great night with lots of raptors to watch and record. Seven different species appeared over the skies of the sanctuary. Turkey vulture, red-tail hawk, cooper's hawk and a nice adult female northern Goshawk were seen and are frequent visitors to Mud Lake Marsh. A adult bald eagle and american kestrel made a appearance with the night being topped off by a female Merlin flying slowly by the observation hill, giving us great looks at this small falcon.

We also watched two different common nighthawks souring above our heads hawking insects.

Crane numbers - 6 in marsh with 16 fly-by's.

Total bird species seen - 38

p.s. our resident trumpeter adult swans that nested in Mud Lake Marsh for the first recorded time gave us brief looks at the juvenile that was born at the sanctuary.

Note that we will be counting on Sundays during the month of September, then move back to Mondays our traditional counting night.

COUNTERS:  Gary Siegrist (Head), Don Henise, Robyn Henise
COMPILER: 
Steve Jerant.

 

MAP SHOWING LOCATION OF  CRANES NEAR HAEHNLE SANCTUARY.

VIEW OR PRINT LATEST CRANE VIEWING MAP AND INFORMATION

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PEAK CRANE COUNTS FROM 1941 TO THE PRESENT.

 
Year Number
1941 8
1952 33
1959 66
1970 282
1971 429
1975 469
1980 1,325
1985 1,458
1990 1,432
1995 3,893
2000 2,876
2001 4,019
2002 3,084
2003 3,924
2004 2,952
2005 2,310
2006 1,564
2007 3,885
2008 280
2009 230
2010 5,523
2011 362
2012 8,177

 

 

DETAIL CRANE COUNTS 1969 TO PRESENT