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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 28  
28-Sep 126 27-Sep 318 26-Sep 0 24-Sep 349 Sep 30 21    
                        
5-Oct 42 4-Oct 448 3-Oct 5 1-Oct 811 Oct 7 239 Oct6  
5-Oct   11-Oct 1,762 10-Oct 18 8-Oct 1,875 Oct 14 385 Oct 13  
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  (FALL2013)

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.

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

MAP SHOWING LOCATION OF  CRANES NEAR HAEHNLE SANCTUARY.

VIEW OR PRINT LATEST CRANE VIEWING MAP AND INFORMATION

CLICK  ON THE MAP, OR HERE FOR LARGER MAP

 


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