Continuing Sandhill Crane
- Mon, Jan 9, 2006 - I apologize for this belated report but the SANDHILL CRANE was still present north of Willits on Mon at noon. The bird was west of the Reynolds Hwy at mm 2.14. It was associating with a group of Wild Turkeys although this association did not appear to be mutual. On several occasions I watched the crane get chased away from the group by an aggressive turkey. The crane would wander back only to be chased off again.
Ukiah, MEN, CA
- Tuesday - 24 January 2006 - 11:00AM to noon - The Sandhill Crane continues
at mile marker 2.14 Reynolds Highway, which is east of Hwy 101 and north of
Willits. The bird continues to associate with a large flock of Wild
Turkeys, of which I watched two different turkeys try to run the crane off
without success. The crane and the flock moved out-of-sight into the
thick trees heading west towards the water. I was unable to get close
enough to establish an actual height of the bird ....it would be nice to
determine if it is a Lesser or Greater Sandhill.
About a 1/2 mile south on Reynolds Highway I was able to scope two Bald
Eagles, one mature and one first winter bird, atop wood fence posts in the
middle of the flooded valley. Also nearby were numerous White-tailed Kites
and a Northern Harrier.
On the flooded water on the far north end of the valley (pullout on the
west side of Reynolds with lots of garbage) were various species of
waterfowl, including 10 Common Goldeneyes.
Good birding. Bob Keiffer
Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
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