COUNTED THE EVENING OF:
11th – 19 First “official cranes”
12th – 0 Colder and overcast. The forecast for the next two days is not amenable to crane flight. . . .so we’ll see.
13th – 0. Front coming in from the North this evening.
14th – 0. So what if the cranes didn’t show. The rest of the ice left the reservoir and there’s a ton of waterfowl to watch. Please come to the presentations on Saturday! And, there’s a good chance of crane arrivals Saturday afternoon!
15th – 175 – maybe more, but not many. Finally- the sounds of Cranes!
16th – 50 huddled next to shore as the snow started blowing this evening. Received the following report tonight from Monte Vista in the San Luis Valley: “More [cranes] are present now than were on hand a week ago for the Monte Vista Crane Festival [on March 8th]. Cranes are in dense bunches, eating and/or loafing south of the Monte Vista refuge office. . . . [T]his Sat. and Sun., visitors who had come to Monte Vista on U.S. 160 from the east were agog about so many cranes ‘all over the place’ in fields east of town, too.”
17th – 325 so says Evey
18th – 2 – Holdovers from yesterday? Too nice a day for so few birds.
19th – 800 +/- Some folks thought there were more, some thought less. Either way a perfect evening.
20th – 40.
21st – I saw 125 or so. Evelyn thinks there are 200. Maybe it was warm enough but certainly too windy all day.
22nd – 500. Mostly late arrivals – the cranes probably had to work against a strong headwind this afternoon.
23rd – The BIG NIGHT! There are well over 2,000 and close to 3,000 Cranes. There may be more than that but we’ll have to see in the morning what a more accurate will reveal.
( If you join us in the morning PLEASE don’t park on or stand in the road! People in the area need to get to work or get their farm equipment moved. And we don’t need to act goofy when we watch birds! Park safely and walk if you have to. )
24th – 625 Cranes. Nice evening though on the cool side.
25th – 750 or so. Many cranes came in later in the evening under lower light, making counting a little more difficult.
26th – 275 cranes.
27th – 36 according to Evey Horn. (By 7:00 p.m. I saw none – but I did see 30 cormorants in the cottonwood trees near the dam.)
28th – 2,500 cranes is Evey’s guess. In any event there’s a bunch of birds to look at on Saturday morning. If you come, please consider the parking notice below. Thank you.
29th – 1,550, but if there are more than that in the morning I won’t be surprised. Lots of late arrivals to the north side of the road from nearby areas.
30th – 800. I don’t know where they came from – with all the extreme wind we had today.
31st – 950. A bunch of these may have been holdovers from yesterday.
1st – 750 cranes
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2nd – 750 again tonight – 650 obvious for counting and, based on vocalizations, probably another 100 or so out of view in the shrubs and along the shore.
3rd – 245
4th – 610 Cranes – a pretty big number this late in the migration season. (Sorry I was late posting this tonight.)
5th – 500. Again. sorry for the late posting tonight.)
6th – 100 cranes
7th – 23. Tomorrow might be better, but the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday looks ugly. And, we’re coming quickly to the end of the migration.
8th – 90.
9th – 36 (Holdovers because of the weather?)
10th – 28
11th – 36
12th – 40
13th – 45
14th – 20
15th – 25 Wonderful morning, big blow the rest of the day
16th – 0
17th – 26
18th – 26 (Same Cranes?)
19th – 20
20th – 20 Same cranes?)
21st – 0
22nd – ? With the warm weather finally starting up, Spring chores are taking over, so crane diligence is diminishing with their numbers.
[The migration is essentially over. We’ll keep an eye on crane visits for a while longer. Meanwhile we’ll keep an eye on our other feathered visitors.]
PARKING: PLEASE find a place to park that is off the pavement and PLEASE do not set up your tipods on the pavement! The Sheriff’s Department join many of us with concern about safety from irresponsible behavior on the county road while crane watching.
We try to count Cranes around sunset
Crane counts are estimates of what
These numbers are most useful
Sometimes the counts we post
|OTHER BIRD SPECIES SIGHTED 2008
at, or adjacent to, the RESERVOIR:
Great Blue Heron