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: 699, 
with 444 more observed flying
in the area.
Species count:  18

November 16, 2020

We had a banner day at the sanctuary with more cranes roosting than were observed passing through.  No huge groups came in, but we had steady activity for nearly an hour around sunset and beyond.  Also, lots of flyovers directly above us on the overlook.  While it was a bit chilly and windy, we had good sun and were able to see the setting sun hit a Rough-legged Hawk perfectly to clinch the ID.  In addition to the cranes we had lots of ducks and a single Great Blue Heron, perhaps the last of the season.

Crane counters:   Ross Green & Steve Jerant
Compiler:  Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant

Crane Count:  699 (1113 total observed)
Species count:  18 

45 Canada Goose

18 American Wigeon

300 Mallard

9 American Black Duck

1 Mourning Dove

90 American Coot

1113 Sandhill Crane -- 699 roosting in marsh 414 counted in the area.

1 Ring-billed Gull

1 Great Blue Heron

1 Red-tailed Hawk

1 Rough-legged Hawk

1 Hairy Woodpecker

1 Blue Jay

3 American Crow

2 White-breasted Nuthatch

9 American Robin

1 American Tree Sparrow

800 Red-winged Blackbird


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

JAS Blog page at

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

Crane Count Archive


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