[Tweeters] White Crane over Ice Harbor Dam

Mike & MerryLynn m.denny at charter.net
Mon Oct 11 20:33:57 PDT 2010


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

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