A day trip was made on Saturday, October 21st, led by Dan Sawatzky.
The nine of us had a wonderful field trip in search of Whooping Cranes. When we reached the Meacham area, the temperature was 3 degrees (-2 with the wind chill), but this did not deter us!
Our first stop east of Bruno we saw 10 Whooping Cranes, 7 in one area near a slough, and 3 on top of a hill: 2 adults and one juvenile. We were about 200 meters away, but it was a thrill for several of us who had never seen them in the wild before. A half hour away towards Meacham, we saw 15, again near a different slough. They did not stay for long when they saw our vehicles stop though none of us got out.
After that, we stopped in Meacham for lunch at a local pub and warmed up with Chinese soup, tea and food. The wind had picked up more, and it had started to rain, so we decided to call it a success and headed home. Below is a list of other species we saw on our journey.
Report submitted by Ingrid Alesich
click on the following photos for a larger view!
Photos by Hiro Aoki are in the SPECIES LIST:
Photos ABOVE the list are by Jeannette Luttmer
Cackling Goose 4
Canada Goose 420
Northern Pintail 10
Lesser Scaup 30
duck species 450
Great Blue Heron 1
Rough-legged Hawk 8
hawk species 3
Whooping Crane 24
Black-bellied Plover 1
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Ring-billed Gull 6
Black-billed Magpie 5
American Crow 9
Common Raven 6