Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/28/19

The rain this week certainly had an effect on the count this Monday.  Gary counted about 120 cranes with only 20 staying to roost.  He was alone yesterday and was balancing some public relations duties while trying to count, so the numbers are likely a bit low.

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/21/19

The cranes are back! 

It was warm, the sun was shining, the wind was mild, the tress were in full color, only three mosquito bites-a prefect night.  I counted nearly 500 cranes last night while working as a greeter along with Carol.  In addition to the cranes, nearly 60 visitors were at the overlook or walking the trails.  In the 5 o’clock hour we had well over a hundred come in with many flying above the overlook.  Several juvenile calls were heard. 

Later, close to sunset, the reminder flew into the marsh, predominantly from the northwest.  We had some good flyovers and a strong finish for the night.

 Of note: we observed three Norther Harriers.

Due to expected bad weather tonight, this will serve as the official crane count for the week.  You can see from the low number of species below I did not have our expert birders, Gary & Ross with me.

eBird checklist is available at: https://ebird.org/checklist/S60817600

 

Crane counters:    Steve Jerant, Carol Strahler
Compiler:  Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant

Crane Count:  487 observed, majority landed in the marsh
Species count:  14

 

60 Canada Goose

20 Wood Duck

20 Mallard

3 Mourning Dove

487 Sandhill Crane -- Total cranes observed.

4 Great Egret

3 Northern Harrier

1 Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker

10 Blue Jay

10 American Crow

75 American Robin

6 Cedar Waxwing

400 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Common Grackle


You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at

Haehnle site at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/crane-count and

JAS Blog page at http://jacksonaudubon.org/

 

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/14/19

 

It was a beautiful fall evening at the sanctuary.  Gloves and hats were in use, so the season is finally changing.  Crane numbers continue to be rather low and only 14 of the 24 cranes seen tonight will be roosting in Mud Lake Marsh.  It is getting colder up north as well so we expect to see more crane traffic coming down to us in the next few weeks.

Sparrows were quite active around the overlook with 5 species observed.  We had some Great Egrets and a good variety of waterfowl in the marsh.  Gary was commenting that we have not seen the Bald Eagle yet this year and the next moment one appeared in his scope.

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/7/19

A quiet night at the Sanctuary.  There was very little bird activity at the overlook and in the marsh.  Ten cranes were seen and only 2 will be staying the night. 

But we did have apple pie, so...

eBird checklist is available at:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60439786 

 

Crane counters:   Gary Siegrist,  & Steve Jerant

Compiler:  Steve Jerant

Submitted by Steve Jerant

Crane Count:  2 (10 observed in the area)

 

Species count:  30

30 Canada Goose

3 Trumpeter Swan -- 2 adults and a signet. Our breeding pair. 

30 Wood Duck

10 Mallard

2 American Black Duck

1 Mourning Dove

2 American Coot

10 Sandhill Crane -- 2 stayed in marsh

2 Great Blue Heron

3 Great Egret

1 Turkey Vulture

1 Northern Harrier

1 Red-tailed Hawk

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker

1 Downy Woodpecker

1 Hairy Woodpecker

1 Northern Flicker

1 American Kestrel

3 Eastern Phoebe

10 Blue Jay

6 American Crow

1 Black-capped Chickadee

20 European Starling

1 Eastern Bluebird

50 American Robin

8 Cedar Waxwing

1 American Goldfinch

1 Chipping Sparrow

5 White-throated Sparrow

200 Red-winged Blackbird

 

You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at 

Haehnle site at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/crane-count and 

JAS Blog page at http://jacksonaudubon.or

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 9/30/19

On this unseasonably warm evening we had more mosquitoes than cranes. Only 18 roosted in the marsh.  Most of them arrived in one flight so our hopes were up for a big night, but it was not to be.

Seven species of raptors were observed  and we had a lot of sparrows near the overlook.  Not a whole lot of blackbird activity but the fog coming in over the sanctuary from the west provided a nice view.  On my way out I saw three bats in the parking lot, a bit late to help with all my bug bites.

 

eBird checklist is available at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60249001

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

Crane Count:  18 (22 total observed)
Species count:  45

1 Cackling Goose

51 Canada Goose

40 Wood Duck

3 Mallard

4 Pied-billed Grebe

1 Mourning Dove

1 Virginia Rail --

2 American Coot

22 Sandhill Crane -- 18 roosted in the marsh.

2 Great Blue Heron

4 Great Egret

3 Turkey Vulture

2 Northern Harrier

2 Cooper's Hawk

2 Red-tailed Hawk

3 Red-bellied Woodpecker

1 Downy Woodpecker

1 Hairy Woodpecker

1 Pileated Woodpecker

1 Northern Flicker

1 American Kestrel

1 Merlin

1 Eastern Wood-Pewee

1 Eastern Phoebe

3 Blue Jay

1 American Crow

2 Tufted Titmouse

1 House Wren

4 Marsh Wren

1 Gray Catbird

2 Eastern Bluebird

7 American Robin

40 Cedar Waxwing

1 American Goldfinch

5 Chipping Sparrow

1 Field Sparrow

4 White-crowned Sparrow

3 White-throated Sparrow

4 Song Sparrow

2 Lincoln's Sparrow

10 Swamp Sparrow

500 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Nashville Warbler --

1 Common Yellowthroat

2 Indigo Bunting

 

Number of Taxa: 45


You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at

Haehnle site at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/crane-count and

JAS Blog page at http://jacksonaudubon.org/

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 9/23/19

It was good to see an increase in numbers this week. We had 157 total cranes and about half, 83, will be spending the night.  More cranes are gathering in the new habitat that has resulted from the removal of buckthorn by the fen.

 

Ross spotted an American Kestral perched in the same area.  Other highlights included a hummingbird, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and a female scarlet tanager.  A pack of coyotes serenaded us before we left.  

 

eBird checklist is available at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60065230

 

Crane counters:   Gary Siegrist, Ross Green, & Steve Jerant

Compiler:  Steve Jerant

Submitted by Steve Jerant

 

Crane Count:  83 (157 observed in the area)

 

Species count:  40

A70 Canada Goose

2 Mute Swan

3 Trumpeter Swan -- 2 adults and a sygnet 

40 Wood Duck

75 Mallard

4 American Black Duck

4 Mourning Dove

1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

157 Sandhill Crane -- 83 stayed in the marsh

3 Great Blue Heron

11 Great Egret

6 Turkey Vulture

1 Sharp-shinned Hawk

2 Red-bellied Woodpecker

2 Downy Woodpecker

1 Hairy Woodpecker

2 Northern Flicker

1 American Kestrel

1 Eastern Wood-Pewee

1 Eastern Phoebe

6 Blue Jay

7 American Crow

3 Black-capped Chickadee

4 White-breasted Nuthatch

2 House Wren

1 Carolina Wren

2 Gray Catbird

10 Eastern Bluebird

1 Wood Thrush

100 American Robin

12 Cedar Waxwing

6 American Goldfinch

4 Chipping Sparrow

4 Field Sparrow

1 Song Sparrow

3 Swamp Sparrow

2000 Red-winged Blackbird

5 Common Yellowthroat

1 American Redstart

1 Scarlet Tanager -- Female

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 9/16/19

Well, we may not have had a lot of cranes tonight but we saw lots of monarch butterflies.  They continually flew into our field of vision while we were scanning the marsh with our scopes.  

 

The habitat restoration that has been done behind the kiosk is providing a nice spot for songbirds.  Most of the songbirds in the species list below were observed there.

 

Our blackbird count is obviously an estimate but is indicator of the massive numbers we saw tonight. We had fly bys from both sides of the overlook as well as the normal traffic from the west.  Egrets continue to come in along with herons.

 

eBird checklist is available at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59864620

Crane counters:  Gary Siegrist, Ross Green, & Steve Jerant

Compiler:  Steve Jerant

Submitted by Steve Jerant

Crane Count:  10 (63 observed in the area)

Species count:  34

15 Canada Goose

40 Wood Duck

40 Mallard

5 Mourning Dove

2 Common Nighthawk

73 Sandhill Crane -- 10 stayed in marsh

1 Killdeer

1 Wilson's Snipe

4 Great Blue Heron

7 Great Egret

12 Turkey Vulture

2 Northern Harrier

1 eagle sp. -- About one mile away. Unable to verify which type but flight profile was eagle. 

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker

1 Hairy Woodpecker

1 Northern Flicker

1 Eastern Wood-Pewee

1 Eastern Phoebe

3 Blue Jay

2 American Crow

1 Barn Swallow

1 White-breasted Nuthatch

1 House Wren

1 Gray Catbird

200 American Robin

25 Cedar Waxwing

3 American Goldfinch

2 Field Sparrow

2 Song Sparrow

4000 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Brown-headed Cowbird

300 Common Grackle

1 Common Yellowthroat

1 Northern Cardinal

1 Indigo Bunting

 

Number of Taxa: 35

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 9/9/19

We had a beautiful night to kick off the 2019 crane counts. A total of 47 cranes were counted, with 5 staying in the marsh. Nighthawks were active both above the marsh and near the overlook. 
Crane counters: Gary Siegrist, Ross Green, & Steve Jerant, compiler and submitter 

Crane Count: 5 (47 observed in the area)
Species count: 23
35 Canada Goose
30 Wood Duck
50 Mallard
3 Mourning Dove
6 Common Nighthawk
47 Sandhill Crane -- 5 stayed in marsh
5 Great Egret
1 Turkey Vulture
2 Northern Harrier
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Eastern Phoebe
4 Tree Swallow
3 Barn Swallow
3 Eastern Bluebird
80 American Robin
15 Cedar Waxwing
9 American Goldfinch
500 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Common Grackle
2 Common Yellowthroat

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 11/19/2018

Most of the water on the marsh was frozen but a patch to the northwest was open enough for some dozens of wildfowl to gather.  We had 74 cranes come in to roost for the night. They gathered on the ice near their normal roosting location.  The weather held above freezing and we had a touch of rain after sunset.    

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 11/12/2018

About 800 cranes were observed today but only 312 roosted in the marsh.  Most of the 500 that did not spend the night with us came down in adjoining property to the west.  The weather was fair with a good splash of golden light near sunset.  We had some great flyovers with dozens of cranes in several groups simultaneously flying above the overlook.  I think the crowd of about 25 visitors enjoyed the show. 

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 11/5/2018

We had an estimated total of 1200 cranes seen. We counted 617 roosting in the marsh. We saw a lot of cranes to the north going down left of the barn. Ron Hoffman and Don Siegrist were counting over there tonight. It will be interesting to hear what numbers they ended up with. Ron did call early on to tell us that they had the Whooping Crane fly out going north from their sight.

We had lots of cranes fly into Haehnle from overhead to the delight of all the visitors. The Northern Shrike made a couple of appearances. The marsh really lit up as the sun went down and we were blessed a gorgeous rainbow.

Don’s eBird checklist is available at:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49383486

Crane counters:   Don Henise & Robyn Henise
Compiler:  Don Henise

Crane Count:  617 (12004 observed flying in area)
Species count:  36

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/22/2018

We had a very busy crane count this afternoon.  Over 1300 cranes were observed from the overlook with an official 903 roosting in the marsh this evening.  Unlike last week, the traffic was coming in from all points, with the majority from the west.  The weather was mild and sunny and we enjoyed a dash of red at sunset followed by a full moon.

Egrets and great blue heron are still coming in along with all the usual avian visitors including groups of blackbirds and robins. Just before we left, Don and Robyn spotted two American Woodcock.

eBird checklist is available at:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49383486

Crane counters:   Don Henise, Robyn Henise, Ross Green & Steve Jerant

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/15/2018

We are back in business!  345 cranes will be spending the night in the Mud Lake Marsh this evening.  A total of 451 were observed.  Nearly 300 of them flew in about 6:40 PM in the span of about 2 minutes!  We heard lots of juveniles as they flew by. 

We had an unofficial count of nearly 500 on Saturday evening. 

A small group of egrets and a solo great blue heron also settled in for the evening.  Temperatures in the low 40s and a 15 mph wind meant no mosquitoes this week. 

eBird checklist is available at:   https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49222463

Crane counters:   Don Henise, & Steve Jerant
Compiler:  Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/8/2018

The crane count totaled 36 on this unseasonably warm day.  There are lots of cranes in the Jackson area but we did not see a lot of activity over the marsh or to the north.  As with previous weeks we did have several groups coming into the Sanctuary above the overlook, so visitors did get some close views of the cranes.  Three egrets and one heron were seen as well as a trumpeter swan.  The black birds were active, and we observed several large flocks.  The species count was fairly high, see below.  We closed the evening with a visit from two bats, likely big browns.

eBird checklist is available at:   https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49064798 

Crane counters:   Ross Green, Don Henise, & Steve Jerant
Compiler:  Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant

Crane Count:  38, 44 observed flying in area


Species count:  46

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/1/2018

Despite increasing fog settling over the marsh, we are happy to report an increase in the crane count from last week.  We observed 145 cranes settling in for the evening.  Most of the traffic came in near the overlook area with several flying directly over us.

 

Sparrows and warblers as well as egrets and herons were seen tonight.  A flock of chimney swifts came by, but not low enough to help with the mosquitoes that were visiting with us.  We always check the flocks of blackbirds and were rewarded with about 15 rusty blackbirds added to our count.

eBird checklist is available at:   https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48876395

Crane counters:   Ross Green, Don Henise, & Steve Jerant
Compiler:  Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant

 

Crane Count:  145, 157 observed flying in area

Species count:  37

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 9/24/2018

Our rainy, dreary afternoon was brightened by over a hundred cranes coming into the Sanctuary.  This was our second official count week and the numbers are going in the right direction.   The cranes arrived earlier than usual and flew in fast (but not furious) and seemed more determined to land than they have been in the past year.   We had several flyovers above the overlook which is always a treat.

Great egrets continue to roost as well as a few herons.  Ross found some migrating warblers and we had a big overflight of robins.

eBird checklist is available at:   https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48726998

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

Crane Count:  104, 106 observed flying in area
Species count:  35

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 9/11/2018

Haehnle Sanctuary began weekly crane counts Monday afternoon.  Ross Green & I observed only 14 cranes passing through and none stayed overnight.  The weather was mild and while it was cloudy most of the time, we did get a treat of some yellow sun splash that turned incoming egrets yellow and gave us a hint of fall colors coming to the marsh.

In addition to the egrets, other highlights included chimney swifts, a barred owl, and an end of day serenade from some field sparrows.  Ross had a good afternoon with 8 warbler and vireo species.

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 11/13/2017

Crane observations were few this evening but our northern shrike remained on his perch keeping us company.  A few whitetail deer, including 2 bucks, popped out of the fen for a look at us.  They seemed a bit anxious, not sure why…

Blackbird counts are coming down into low three figures from flocks of thousands in earlier weeks and our first American tree swallow sighting is telling us the season is winding down.  The water in Mud Lake Marsh is still liquid and temperatures will be above freezing so we will continue counts next week.

 My eBird checklist of 26 species is available at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40494350

Crane counters:   Ross Green, Don Henise, and Gary Siegrist
Compiler:  Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant

Crane Count-0, ~100 observed flying in area
Species count-26

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 11/06/2017

About 150 cranes were seen flying to the north of Mud Lake Marsh but none landed in the Sanctuary this evening.  High water levels are likely the cause of low numbers of cranes roosting in the marsh.  We did have a good sunset and several bald eagle sightings.  A great blue hereon and a Greater yellowlegs tells us the season is not yet over.

My eBird checklist of 33 species is available at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40356398

Crane counters:   Ross Green, Don & Robyn Henise, and Gary Siegrist
Compiler:  Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant

Crane Count-0, ~150 observed flying in area
Species count-33

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/23/2017

It was a dark and stormy evening…

Don, Ross, and I enjoyed close company huddled under the kiosk tonight as 340 cranes came into the Sanctuary.  We had the most flyovers that I’ve seen this year, which is ironic as we could not look up as we were under the kiosk. Anyway, visibility was bit limited but we felt pretty comfortable about the crane count. The other species count were low, but we did get a snow goose, 10 great egrets, and several big flocks of robins.  We normally get lots of blackbirds stirring in the marsh and beyond, but we had multiple flybys of European starlings doing their amazing flocking behaviour.    

My eBird checklist of 25 species is available at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40092549

Crane counters:   Ross Green and Don Henise

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/16/2017

We enjoyed a beautiful autumn evening at the Sanctuary today.  The colors are coming into peak, which unfortunately is more than I can say about the crane counts.  Recent rain is likely causing the low numbers.  Great Egrets continue to come into the sanctuary as do many ducks and thousands of blackbirds.

 

My eBird checklist of 40 species is available at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39966798

Crane counters:    Gary Siegrist, Ross Green, and Don Henise
Compiler:  Steve Jerant
Submitted by Steve Jerant

Crane Count-155
Species count-40

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/9/2017

Crane counts were a bit down Monday evening to about 390.  The team did see a few large lines of cranes land to the north of the Portage River, slightly left of the Zone 4 barn.

Crane Count - 355

Species Count - 26

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/2/2017

Visitors and crane counters watched about 500 cranes fly into the Mud Lake marsh tonight against a beautiful autumn sky. Two Northern harriers provided a nice warm up act while we waited for the cranes to come in. 

Crane Count - 500

Species Count - 29

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 9/24/2017

Haehnle crane counters observed 385 cranes Sunday evening.

There were 112 Great Egrets.

Don Henise's eBird checklist of 46 species is available at: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39375785   

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 9/17/2017

Don Henise reports that the crane counts continue to rise at the Sanctuary.

Highlights were eight species of raptors including a couple of Broad-winged Hawk Kettles, one of which was over 70 birds.  Also of note were 20+ Great Egrets, 22 Common Nighthawks, and 374 Sandhill Cranes roosting.
His eBird checklist of 49 species is available at:    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39239283
Crane counters:    Don Henise, Robyn Henise, and Gary Siegrist
Compiler:  Don Henise
Submitted by Steve Jerant
Crane Count-374
Species count-49

 

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 11/14/2016

We again had more people than cranes with 49 customers counted. The moon put on a show with what looked like a cat eye but the clouds moved in and show was over. Mud Lake Marsh was full of waterfowl. 

First Northern Shrike of the season was seen and we had a flyover from a mature Bald Eagle.

Crane counters:    Don Henise and Gary Siegrist

Compiler:  Gary Siegrist

Submitted by Steve Jerant

Species count-29

Pied-billed Grebe

Trumpeter Swan

Canada Goose

Green-winged Teal

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Northern Shoveler

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Ring-necked Duck

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Red-tailed Hawk

American Coot

Ring-billed Gull

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

Northern Shrike

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Common Grackle

House Finch

 

 

 

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 11/7/2016

Count continues to be very low in the Sanctuary marsh.  Actually about as low as you can get as our official count was 0.  Fly-bys were a bit under 200, so that number is pretty low as well.  Cranes are in the area as nearby locations got numbers above 1000 for the US Fish & Wildlife Services count last week. 

 

Two Northern Harriers worked the marsh pretty hard this evening, but they were not the only ones snacking as we enjoyed pretzels (from Chelsea Bakery), donuts, muffins, and some Halloween candy.  Near sunset we had 4 Egrets come in for the evening and a single Great Blue Heron, so there were at least a few long legged birds spending the night.

 

Winter birds are coming in with American Tree Sparrow, Winter Wren, and Dark-eyed Junco observed on the property tonight.

Lots of ducks and raptors at the Sanctuary this evening.  Sunday a pair of Eastern Meadowlarks were spotted as well.  

Today and this week is the first week of the US Fish & Wildlife Service annual crane count. 

Crane counters:    Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist

Compiler: Steve Jerant

Submitted by Steve Jerant

Gary Siegrist took photos of a dewberry leaf and a winter wren that can be seen in the slideshow on the front page.

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/24/2016

Visitors outnumbered cranes again this evening with only 4 counted as landing in Mud Lake Marsh.  However, we are seeing lots more local activity with 1282 “FlyBy” cranes observed  from the overlook.  Egrets are still coming in and five raptors were seen. 

Crane Count; 4

Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist

Compiler:  Robyn Henise

Species Count:44

Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Trumpeter Swan, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, American Widgeon, Ring-necked Duck, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Northern Cardinal, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird, Common Grackle, House Finch, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/17/2016

Some fresh, warm apple crisp and hot mulled cider kept us warm for tonight’s crane count.  Well, it was 75⁰ out, so I guess that helped, too.  Anyway, another beautiful night at Haehnle Sanctuary.  The colors were brilliant with the setting sun.  The greens are giving way to the browns as our autumn progresses.

Cranes were sparse, both for counted and fly-bys (210).  We did get two nice flyovers which delighted our guests gathered at the overlook.  Egrets continue to come into the marsh and a Bald Eagle spotted last week was back on the same perch tonight.

Waterfowl activity was great.  Lots of movement in and out.  We had 11 species of ducks & geese observed.

 

Crane Count: 7

Species Count: 40 

Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, American Widgeon, Ring-necked Duck, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, House Finch, Purple Finch

 

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/10/2016

 

Cranes were on the move tonight with 519 counted as fly-bys.  Only 20 cranes were counted on our official tally as l

landing in Mud Lake Marsh.  So our 24 visitors outnumbered the cranes for another week, but it was a beautiful night to watch the colors change on the marsh.

The sparrows remain active below the overlook and along the dike trail.  Six species were seen, with a Lincoln’s sparrow as the bird of note.  Both Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned hawks were in the area as well.  

Greater egrets continue to be seen and we had a pileated woodpecker fly over again this week.  

Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist

Compiler: Steve Jerant

 

Crane Count-20

Species count-48

Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Trumpeter Swan, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Mallard, American Widgeon, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Northern Cardinal, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, House Finch, American Goldfinch.

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 10/3/2016

Crane numbers were very low tonight but we did have several flyovers.  No cranes were counted as staying in Mud lake Marsh and we had 177 counted as “fly-bys”-observed by not settling in for an overnight stay.

 

There were a lot of sparrows in the emergent prairie where invasive buckthorn is being removed.  Five species were seen including a Lincoln’s sparrow.  The blackbird activity was good as well, with groups coming close to the overlook and well within audible range.  Several large groups of starlings were seen doing their amazing flock dance visible from over a mile away.

 

Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
Compiler:  Steve Jerant
 

Crane Count-0

Species count-40

Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Mallard, Lesser Scaup, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Herring Gull, Chimney Swift, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Northern Cardinal, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 09/26/2016

 

On Monday we had a beautiful night at the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary to watch the cranes come in.  Traffic was slow but steady and we broke the 100 mark for the season-always an event.  The cranes arrived from all directions and we had some coming and going as in previous years with some leaving the marsh and 55 “fly-bys.” Several groups flew directly above the overlook so the dozen visitors we had on the property were able to get a close look.  A juvenile was heard in one of the groups.

 

Other highlight species seen or heard include several Bald Eagles, a flicker that seemed to want a lot of attention, and flyovers of American Kestrel and Pileated Woodpecker.

 

Crane counters: Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
Compiler:  Steve Jerant

Crane Count-151

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 09/18/2016

First off, the crane count at Haehnle moves back to Monday evenings starting next Monday, September 26th.

 

Today was a great day for bird species at Haehnle but not for Sandhill cranes – we found two cranes in the marsh around 5:30 and by the time we left at 6:30 no other cranes had come to Haehnle.

 

Butterflies were out most of the afternoon. Here’s what we had: Orange Sulphur, Viceroy, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, Eastern Tailed-blue, American Copper, Common Buckeye, Monarch, Silver-spotted Skipper, Pearl Crescent, Variegated Fritillary, Great Spangled Fritillary and Spicebush Swallowtail.

 

We also recorded 27 [human] visitors.

 

Compiler: Robyn Henise

 

Crane Count-0

 

Species count- 36

Canada Goose, Wood Duck, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture,

Bald Eagle (2 adults), Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk,

Broad-winged Hawk (we had a mini kettle of 21 birds – more than they recorded at Erie Metro Hawk watch today – they only had 3), Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Downy Woodpecker,

Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel (catching dragonflies), Eastern Wood-Pewee,

Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch,White-breasted Nuthatch,

Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Common Yellowthroat,

Swamp Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird,Common Grackle, American Goldfinch

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 09/11/2016

The Sandhill Cranes have not begun to use Haehnle as an evening roosting spot but several large flocks of cranes were seen flying around. One flock of 17 flew in overhead of observation hill and there were several young birds calling.

 

We saw several Buckeye Butterflies and a total of 13 Monarchs flew past observation hill.

 

Counters: Ross Green, Gary Siegrist, Don and Robyn Henise

Compiler: Don Henise

 

Crane Count-0

 

Species count- 39

Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swans (2), Wood Duck, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret,

Turkey Vultures (50+), Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk,

Red-tailed Hawk, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker,

Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Great Crested Flycatcher,

Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee,

Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Eastern Bluebird, Gray Catbird,

European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Indigo Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch

Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 09/04/2016

The fall 2016 Sandhill Crane counting season opened officially this evening at the Haehnle Sanctuary.

It is very early in the season for the cranes to be gathering but the nice weather brought out the crane counters.

A total of 6 cranes were seen at the sanctuary this evening, four of those cranes flew out around 6:00 p.m. 

 

Counters: Gary Siegrist, Don and Robyn Henise

Compiler:  Don Henise

Submitted by Don & Robyn Henise

 

Crane Count-06

 

Species count- 19

 

Wood Duck, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk

Ring-billed Gull, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chimney Swift, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Common Yellowthroat

Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle American Goldfinch.

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