Demoiselle Crane in San Joaquin County, California
- 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
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.