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  • Matt Williams
    I thought everyone would find the attached posting quite interesting Matt Williams El Macero (Davis), CA ... Subject: Demoiselle Crane in BC?? Date: Tue, 07
    Message 1 of 1 , May 8, 2002
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      I thought everyone would find the attached posting quite interesting

      Matt Williams
      El Macero (Davis), CA

      -------- Original Message --------
      Subject: Demoiselle Crane in BC??
      Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 22:37:00 -0700
      From: "Chris Charlesworth" <c_charlesworth23@...>
      Reply-To: c_charlesworth23@...
      To: bcintbird@yahoogroups.com, bcprovbirding@yahoogroups.com,
      tweeters@...



      Birders,

      Initially reported as a Common Crane, the bird seen in Smithers, BC on May
      2, 2002 appears to be a Demoiselle Crane. Thanks to Michael Shepherd for
      pointing out the possibility that it could be the Demoiselle which spent the
      winter in California. After looking at the photo the bird clearly has a pale
      gray crown, a field mark illustrated by Mullarney, Zetterstrom, Svennson and
      Grant in their field guide, the Birds of Europe. A Common Crane should show
      a red patch on the crown, and this bird doesn't. The smaller size is also a
      good field mark for Demoiselle Crane, which is 20 % smaller. The tertials
      appear neatly arranged, not bushy as in the nearby Sandhill Cranes in the
      photo. Also visible in the photo is a dark bar on the leading edge of the
      wing. This field mark corresponds to the bird photographed in California.
      Any other comments on why this bird would not be the Demoiselle Crane? See
      links below.

      Links:

      http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~jmorlan/gallery.htm
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcprovbirding/files/Common%20Crane.jpg


      Chris Charlesworth
      Kelowna, BC

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