What an unusual migration, but I say that every year!
By March 10, we had two small flocks totaling 39.
And we had a pair of cranes that were consistently seen by themselves from Feb. 5 until March 6. Then things changed — we saw a gradual increase each day with anywhere from 10 to 100, so by the end of March we had counted about 12,000.
So far, not that unusual. The first weeks in March we usually have a few birds and then during the latter part of March and the first week into April the larger flocks arrive. And it's usually all over by early April. But this season, they just kept coming! By April 10 we had 14,229 cranes and I decided to end the count.
But they kept coming: by the end of April we had an additional 500 cranes.
So the grand total is 14,793. There were over 2,000 sightings of cranes in flight and reports of very large numbers near the Escalante State Wildlife Area (west of Delta). And this morning I just had a report of a lone crane at Hart's Basin! So if you see or hear them anywhere, please do call me (835-8391).
I thank Jim and Dee Wallace for their help in this spring's counting. Couldn't have managed without them!
Thanks to Peter for the photo taken at Hart's Basin.
And thanks too to our "Crane Friendly Businesses" during Eckert Crane Days.blog comments powered by Disqus