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Demoiselle Crane in San Joaquin County, California

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  • David E. Quady
    Hello, all: The adult Demoiselle Crane found on September 30 was seen again Sunday morning along Woodbridge Road in San Joaquin County, California. At 7:25 am
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 7, 2001
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      Hello, all:

      The adult Demoiselle Crane found on September 30 was seen again Sunday
      morning along Woodbridge Road in San Joaquin County, California. At
      7:25 am it flew into view from the west and landed in a cut six-inch
      high corn stubble field located on the north side of Woodbridge Road
      about one mile west of I-5. It fed actively in the east end of this
      field for about an hour. Then, over the next hour, it moved west in
      this same field in several short flights, always remaining 100-200 yards
      north of Woodbridge. It was still in view at 9:30 am, after moving into
      a field just west of this corn field, still loosely in company with
      several hundred Sandhill Cranes. Heat waves hindered full enjoyment of
      the bird after about 8:45 am.

      Woodbridge Road is about ten miles north of Stockton, reached from the
      south by exiting I-5 on Turner Road, then following the frontage road
      (Thornton Road, J8) north one mile before turning west under the freeway
      onto Woodbridge.

      This is a gorgeous un-banded adult bird that shows no obvious feather
      wear and that easily keeps up with the Sandhill Cranes in flight.

      Whatever its origin, the bird deserves a look.

      Dave Quady
      Berkeley, California
      davequady@...
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