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My apologies to the list for a message that was intended only for Terry.
Greg


>> Thanks for the info, Terry.
>> Greg
>>
>> Quoting Terry Wright <[log in to unmask]>:
>>
>>>
>>> Greg,
>>>
>>> I've been to Lake Winona three times since the birds have been  sighted.
>>> Have not seen them, but have heard them, last Wednesday  morning at 
>>> 6 AM. The
>>> basic issue with seeing the birds is the vast  wetlands (great habitat!)
>>> surrounding the lake.     Using  Great Blues as an example (there 
>>> are many in the
>>> surrounding wetlands), they can  virtually disappear in the grass, pickerel
>>> weed and cat-tails surrounding the  lake.  Last night I watched a 
>>> great blue
>>> disappear by taking a single step  into the grass....Sandhills are 
>>> no larger, and
>>> therefore just as hidden in the  marshlands surrounding the lake.   
>>>  A canoe
>>> (one trip I did  Kayaks) will have the limitation of a low 
>>> perspective and you
>>> won't see  anything in the grasslands unless it is at the extreme margins.
>>> I think a boat (allowing you to stand up), on the  lake, gives the best
>>> combination of mobility and perspective.....  But, my  personal 
>>> opinion is that the
>>> best chance of seeing/verifying these birds by  sight is to be 
>>> there early in
>>> the morning (at the fishing access) when they  depart for feeding 
>>> grounds, or
>>> evening when they return.... Last night at  9:30 PM I saw a large 
>>> wading bird
>>> land just north of the fishing  access.   Unfortunately, it was 
>>> silent and I
>>> could not tell if it was  a SH Crane or more likely, another GB 
>>> Heron (which
>>> are very  plentiful there.)  Finally, there are many agricultural 
>>> fields in  the
>>> area and I suspect the SH Cranes could be visiting those areas during the
>>> day.
>>>
>>> Also of note, at the fishing access, at dusk,  was a young Great  
>>> Horned Owl.
>>> It took some time to figure it out as the bird was making a  screeching
>>> noise and not the typicall 'hoot' we all associate with the  species.
>>>
>>> Finally, if nothing else avails itself, there is a pair of osprey tending a
>>> nest in the island in the middle of the lake.  this is well worth the visit
>>> all by itself (no young sighted).   There is also a second osprey 
>>> nest in the
>>> wetlands in the north-east end of the lake.
>>>
>>> Species list:
>>>
>>> Wood Duck
>>> Mallard
>>> Osprey
>>> Red-eyed Vireo
>>> Common Snipe
>>> Sand Hill Crane (heard only)
>>> Great Horned Owl
>>> Red-winged Black-birds (zillions)
>>> E. Kingbird
>>> Northern Harrier
>>> Great-Blue Heron
>>>
>>>
>>>
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>>>
>>> In a message dated 7/14/2006 6:25:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
>>> [log in to unmask] writes:
>>>
>>> I'm  planning to get a canoe to Winona Lake either tomorrow or Sunday.
>>> Does  anyone have any updates that might help me locate the birds
>>> (provided  they're still there) and possibly determine  breeding?
>>> Thanks,
>>> Greg
>>> Vergennes
>>>
>>> Quoting Allan Strong  <[log in to unmask]>:
>>>
>>>> Could this be counted as Probable  (pair in suitable habitat)?  How
>>>> sure would one have to be that  this was a male and female.  I'm
>>>> guessing males are sufficiently  larger than females that this could
>>>> be easily observed in the  field.  It is within the safe dates for
>>>> this  species.
>>>>
>>>> Allan
>>>>
>>>> Quoting Kent McFarland  <[log in to unmask]>:
>>>>
>>>>> FYI. More on cranes.   Any chance anyone has thought about a nest
>>>>> nearby??? Wouldn't  that be nifty......
>>>>> Kent
>>>>>
>>>>> -------- Original  Message --------
>>>>> Subject:        sandhill  cranes
>>>>> Date:   Mon, 10 Jul 2006 19:42:23 -0700  (PDT)
>>>>> From:   ralph tabor  <[log in to unmask]>
>>>>> To:      [log in to unmask]
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On july 3 ? there  was a post of 2 sand hills at winona lake,and i
>>>>> haven't seen  anything posted since. We were fishing there on july 6
>>>>> and also  saw and heard 2 sandhills. they flew off to the north about
>>>>> 6 am  calling as they went,they came back around 10am again calling
>>>>> all  the while, they landed in the wet area south of the boat
>>>>>  launch,and between the lake and the road. I'm surprised nobody has
>>>>> reported them again. The gentleman who posted it wasn't seeing
>>>>> things.
>>>>> Ralph Tabor
>>>>>         Wallkill,NY
>>>>>
>>>>>  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>>>>  --
>>>>>
>>>>> Kent McFarland
>>>>> Conservation Biology  Department
>>>>> Vermont Institute of Natural Science
>>>>> 27023  Church Hill Rd.
>>>>> Woodstock, VT  05091
>>>>> 802-457-1053  x124
>>>>> http://www.vinsweb.org/cbd
>>>>>
>>>>> Visit the  CBD Blog:  http://www.vinsweb.org/cbd/news.html
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>  *******************************************************************
>>>>  Allan M. Strong
>>>> University of Vermont
>>>> The Rubenstein School of  Environment and Natural Resources
>>>> 347 Aiken Center
>>>> Burlington,  VT 05405
>>>> 802-656-2910
>>>>  *******************************************************************
>>>>
>>>
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