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Date:         Tue, 13 Jul 2010 14:12:32 +0000
Reply-To:     "Bradley J. Bergstrom" <bergstrm@VALDOSTA.EDU>
Sender:       Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Bradley J. Bergstrom" <bergstrm@VALDOSTA.EDU>
Subject:      Re: Sandhill Cranes breeding in GA
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Sheila Willis wrote:

"Occasionally, during migration, hundreds of Greater Sandhill Cranes can be seen in that [Grand Bay] WMA, the nearby Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge area, and local fields. BTW, sometimes, depending upon what time schedule the Greaters are on, the main thrust of migration takes place during a winter month, which can give the mistaken impression that this is a large "wintering" population for the WMA, which I am told it is not."

I'd be interested to know who told you that, Sheila. No doubt there is some movement of cranes between Grand Bay, Okefenokee, and Paynes Prairie during winter, but it is not accurate to characterize the winter residency (however you define that term) of Greater Sandhills in the Grand Bay area as "occasional." There are normally 1,000 to 2,000 (sometimes more) cranes in the area during the peak period from mid-December (sometimes mid-November) to mid-February. There are always at least several hundred cranes here during those two months--every year.

Brad Bergstrom Valdosta, Lowndes Co., GA

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