It's important to note that the crane count indicates the number of cranes spending the night at the sanctuary. Many more are often observed flying over. 

Crane Count: 241

Species count: 17

November 28, 2022

It was a bit warmer than last week and the ice in the marsh has receded. Six species of waterfowl were observed. A pair of Trumpeter Swans came over from Eagle Lake with their trumpets blaring and a nice orange sheen from the setting sun. The cranes came in from the east and west and we had a few overflights above the observation hill.

Woodpeckers and raptors filled much of the remaining species list.

I’m not sure if this will be our last count of the year. We’ll see how the weather and the flocks are this weekend.

Total crane count was 241, with about 2,000 more to the west and north not counted.

Crane counters: Gary Siegrist & Steve Jerant

Compiler: Steve Jerant

Submitted by Steve Jerant

Species count: 17

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An interesting article about Sandhill Cranes

published in the Washtenaw Voice, the student newspaper for Washtenaw Community College with photos from our own Tom Hodgson. Click Here

More "crane count" photos from Steve Jerant


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