What a phenomenal sight! Right place, right time. I went to check on high counts for Sandhill Crane in Vermont (guessing this is one of the highest), but eBird still isn't fully functional after the reboot. I was able to find a report of a flock of 57 Sandhill Cranes just north of Montreal back on 25 September. Perhaps this is your flock, eh?
On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 7:49 AM Paul Wieczoreck <mgcpw...> wrote:
> Yesterday while working outside in Burlington I was fortunate enough to > observe what has to be a rare avian event in the Green Mt State. Taking a > momentary pause from the noisy project I was working on, I removed my > hearing protection and was a bit bewildered when I heard a series of > distant guttural rattles from above me. I looked up and was amazed to see > a large flock of Sand Hill Cranes passing south over the Queen City! I > quickly ran to my car where my spotting scope was actually ready and was > able to get on them. At one point they turned direction and started back > towards the north, affording better looks at the contrasting dark and light > wing pattern, long necks and trailing legs. I could also faintly pick up > some red on the heads of some of the birds when the light was just right. I > was able to make several counts before they faded into the distance and > estimate a total of 60 birds. Truly a beautiful site and so unexpected! I > would be curious if anyone else has spotted this flock, and how likely it > is to see Sand Hill Cranes migrating through Vt in these numbers. > > Paul Wieczoreck > Hinesburg