[Tweeters] White Crane over Ice Harbor Dam

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Mon Oct 11 20:47:01 PDT 2010


White crane + Black primaries = Whooping Crane

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--- On Mon, 10/11/10, Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny at charter.net> wrote:

From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny at charter.net>
Subject: [Tweeters] White Crane over Ice Harbor Dam
To: inland-nw-birders at uidaho.edu, "Tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Date: Monday, October 11, 2010, 10:33 PM






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
 
 
 
 
 
*******************************************************
Mike &
MerryLynn Denny
Birding the beautiful Walla Walla Valley
 
"If you haven't birded, you haven't
lived"
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