Date: 3/16/17 7:16 pm From: Billy Reiter-Marolf <wreiterm...> Subject: [ia-bird] At least 115 Sandhill Cranes tonight in Pool Slough WMA, Allamakee County
I took the family down to Pool Slough WMA tonight to listen for American Woodcock in Allamakee County. No luck hearing Woodcock, but we did witness the largest flock of Sandhill Cranes I've ever seen in Iowa. I counted at least 115 cranes congregating to the north of Army Road just east of the second levee. A few were dancing, while others were preening or milling around among the willows, and still more pairs flew in after I took this photo and the light faded. I also observed 18 Trumpeter Swans, 39 Tundra Swans, along with 11 other species of waterfowl, and a bonus Northern Shrike. Upper Pool 9 has been inundated with waterfowl the last couple weeks, especially along the Great River Road from Lansing to New Albin and further into Minnesota. Too many to count seemingly create tornadoes of waterfowl spiraling over the Refuge and crop fields near New Albin and west up the Upper Iowa River valley. Very impressive!
Billy Reiter-Marolf Allamakee County New Albin, Iowa