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: 7, 
with 312 more observed flying
in the area.
Species count:  38

October 12, 2020

We had a good deal of crane activity tonight. Near sunset there were about ten close flyovers above the overlook.  Two groups had juvenile cranes due to the squeaky call.

I’d estimate 50 to 75 cranes flew into and over Haehnle but only 7 will spend the night at the Sanctuary.  There was a lot of crane activity observed to the northwest.

In addition to the cranes we had three Norther Harrier including a male juvenile that was getting his adult coloration coming in.

There were lots of ducks, but the weather was affecting visibility and the coming storm reduced our light.


Crane counters:   Gary Siegrist, Ross Green, & Steve Jerant
Compiler:  Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant

Crane Count:  7 (312 total observed)
Species count:  38


Canada Goose  35

Mute Swan  1

Trumpeter Swan  2

Blue-winged Teal  20   

American Wigeon  1

Mallard  10

Pied-billed Grebe  2

Mourning Dove  1

Sandhill Crane  312    Only 7 stayed in marsh

Wilson's Snipe  1

Great Egret  1

Northern Harrier  3

Bald Eagle  1

Eastern Screech-Owl  1

Belted Kingfisher  3

Red-bellied Woodpecker  2

Downy Woodpecker  1

Hairy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker  1

Eastern Phoebe  1

Blue Jay  1

Black-capped Chickadee  1

Carolina Wren  2

European Starling  6

Eastern Bluebird  4

American Robin  40

Cedar Waxwing  21

Purple Finch  1

American Goldfinch  5

Field Sparrow  2

Dark-eyed Junco  1

White-crowned Sparrow  10

White-throated Sparrow  12

Song Sparrow  15

Swamp Sparrow  30    Ross found in emergent marsh

Red-winged Blackbird  500

Rusty Blackbird  1

Yellow-rumped Warbler  2


View this checklist online at

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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