Demoiselle crane still there
- Dear All,
I saw the crane today (Nov. 8) at 4 pm off Staten Island Rd., in a
field west from the road, appr. 1.5 miles south from the end of
pavement. It was feeding with a loose group of Sandhills, but, unlike
them, it seemed to avoid flooded parts of the field. After about 30
min, the entire group took off and flew NNE. I couldn't re-find them,
and a couple which was looking for the crane in the end of pavement
area never saw it passing, so the birds might have landed somewhere
far from the road.
I never got a close look, but I noticed that it soared more than
Sandhills. I've noticed before that Demoiselle cranes soar more than
all other non-tropical cranes (I've never seen any tropical cranes in
the wild). I wonder if it is an adaptation to dry grasslands with
their strong thermals, or simply a benefit of smaller size). Do
African cranes soar a lot?
- Hi, all!
Most of the observations of this bird seem to be late afternoon; is that the
best time to go look for this bird? How about early morning? I'm planning
on "doing" Calaveras County over Thanksgiving week and will probably make a
side trip to try for the Demoiselle; anyone wanna join me for a day, either
for the crane or in Calaveras?
Mary Beth Stowe
San Diego, CA
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