Date: 12/6/17 11:57 am
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Cranes on the move
There have been Sandhills flying over Lake Mills, Jefferson County, too, at least a couple of hundred so far. They’re up high and very noisy, kettling, then flying, as Dave mentions.
Karen
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Karen Etter Hale
Lake Mills, WI
<chimneyswift1...>

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> On Dec 6, 2017, at 1:51 PM, Dave Moffat <moffatfam...> wrote:
>
> We stopped by Goose Pond after a morning meeting in Poynette. There were
> numerous swans, ducks and geese on the west pond all hunkered down and
> sleeping so we didn't bother with identification. It looked like the west
> pond was frozen over, but we couldn't tell for sure (the east pond
> definitely is). We didn't see the Snowy Owl but it was only 11:30 so no big
> surprise.
>
> While we were sitting there, we noticed wave after wave of Sandhill Cranes
> high and to the east. There were flocks of tens and flocks of hundreds.
> They'd kettle for a bit, then drift south. Kettle, then drift. Looks like
> they've decided to head to warmer climes, though they didn't seem to be in a
> hurry.
>
> On the way we back to Madison we noticed that the south pond on Cty DM was
> open. Last week it was frozen over. There were no birds immediately visible.
> The north pond is still frozen.
>
> Dave Moffat
> Verona, Dane County, WI
>
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