Date: 3/14/21 6:02 pm From: Mark & Susan Foote-Martin <marksuemartin...> Subject: [wisb] Sandhill Crane Migration March 13 and 14th - Rio Wi
We noticed that there was a crane migration on both March 13th and 14th.. We were at our cabin near Rio days boiling sap for maple syrup. We were joined by Curt and Arlys Caslavka, from Middleton and at least two of us were outside all the time. We believe few if any flocks that were in our area were missed. It was interesting that all flocks were taking the same route north.
The cranes were just east of Rio and and when we looked at a larger map it appears they were in a line from about the Marshall area in northeast Dane County to Montello in Marquette County. They were high and sometimes would break into two or three smaller flocks and then would regroup into the original flock. It looked like they were enjoying the day.
Saturday, 237 migrating cranes. Flocks heading north from about 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Flock numbers 12, 9, 48, 9, 9, 21, 16, 14, 9, 23, 26, 28 and 14. We also had our local birds and small numbers flying around = 2, 4, 4, and 5.
Sunday, 219 migrating cranes Flocks heading north from about 10:30 to 3:00 p.m. Flock numbers of 10, 5, 4, 25, 18, 22, 6, 53, 17,20,19, and 30.
*Mark and Susan Foote-Martin* *W7503 Kampen Road* *Arlington, WI 53911* *Home phone 608-635-4160* *Mark's cell 608-333-9645*