[Tweeters] White Crane over Ice Harbor Dam

Eugene and Nancy Hunn enhunn323 at comcast.net
Mon Oct 11 21:27:43 PDT 2010


Tweets,



This calls to mind a report I seem to recall of Whooping Cranes over Yakima
by W. L. Dawson in 1906 or thereabouts, written up in typical colorful
detail by Dawson in the classic The Birds of Washington (Dawson & Bowles
1909). I don't have my copy handy but maybe someone could look it up. We, of
course, dismissed the report as an hallucination.



Gene Hunn

Lake Forest Park, WA

enhunn323 at comcast.net



From: tweeters-bounces at mailman2.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman2.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Mike &
MerryLynn
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 8:34 PM
To: inland-nw-birders at uidaho.edu; Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] White Crane over Ice Harbor Dam



Hello All,



To day I had off so MerryLynn and I once again visited the Blood Ponds and
again saw the sub-adult RUFF along with the Woodleys, larry Umthun, Lisa
Hill and Ron Louderback. Other birds of note were......



Hood Park



Yellow-rumped Warblers....200+

Red-breasted Nuthatch......2

Northern Flicker (Yellow shafted adult),,,1

Northern Flicker...................16 birds

Orange Crowned Warbler...3



Ice Harbor Dam



Western Grebe.........30 birds

Lesser Scaup............2

Sandhill Cranes.........50 birds all headed to the southwest

WHITE CRANE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,1ad. bird, in with the Sandhill Cranes. This bird
was 2500' up and we were able to get this flock in our scopes as they
circled. This is when we could see the white body, wings and long neck. The
black primaries were very clear, We stood there in awe and watched as this
bird circled with the Sandhills. From our perspective it looked about the
same size as the Sandhills it was with. We first detected these cranes from
the Sandhills calling as they crossed the Snake River.the only species we
considered is Whooping Crane. This white crane was in the lead position
until the flock began to break up as they circled after crossing the Snake
River off to our west and south. We called and alerted Nancy LaFramboise at
McNarY NWR, HQ. This was a crane and not a white pelican, snow goose or any
egret species. The black primaries were clear.



Fish Hook Park



Yellow rumped Warbler.....250+

Greater White-fronted Geese.....42 birds

Snow Geese.................................12 birds, flushed off Big Flat
HMU in Franklin Co. and flew low over the Snake headed south into Walla
Walla Co.

Sandhill Crane...............................220 birds over the park, all
calling. Came out of the northeast and Franklin Co.

Sharp-shinned Hawk....................2 birds

Merlin..............................................1 bird

Northern Flicker..............................18 birds



Well that is it for now. Sure would like to know where that white crane ends
up.

Later Mike Denny











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Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the beautiful Walla Walla Valley



"If you haven't birded, you haven't lived"



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