The Lenawee Birders Club is planning a field trip to the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary on Saturday, October 27th to watch Sandhill Cranes come in to roost for the night. If you have never experienced Sandhill Cranes coming in to roost you do not want to miss this. The number of cranes coming in to roost is above record levels.
The agenda is as follows:
1. Meet in the Haehnle parking lot at 3:00 pm.
2. @ 3:15 pm we will car pool and take the Crane driving tour to see if we can spot them up close in the surrounding fields.
3. @5:15 pm we arrive back at Haehnle to walk the nature trails before dusk.
4. @6:00 pm meet at the Haehnle overlook to watch the Cranes come in to roost.
It is possible that Cranes could come in earlier or later. They rarely follow such agendas. Some birders stay until after dark to catch the last remaining Cranes flying in. Depending on how much time you want to spend at Haehnle, birders can arrive at 3:00 for a long afternoon/evening, or come at 6 with a lawn chair to enjoy a shorter more relaxing evening.
Haehnle has a very nice website where you can find all kinds of information about Sandhill Cranes, the history of the property and latest crane counts. It is…