|Date: ||Sun, 18 Dec 2011 23:13:36 -0500|
|Reply-To: ||Mark McShane <eagleeyed@BELLSOUTH.NET>|
|Sender: ||Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Mark McShane <eagleeyed@BELLSOUTH.NET>|
|Subject: ||Near Georgia - Hooded Crane - Hiwassee WR, Birchwood,
TN - 12/17/11 - UPDATE|
In the interest of especially international and southeastern US birding
relations and general all-around good-birdedness here's an update on the
Hooded Crane first reported last week from the previously and always
famous Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, not NWR, near Birchwood TN, and less than
30 miles due north of Georgia!
HWR entrance GPS coordinates: N 35 23.376 W 84 59.444
The would-be American Birding Association (ABA) rarity Code 5 (Accidental)
Hooded Crane, and possible first record for North America if first
accepted, has been seen every day at the refuge so far since its
discovery, including today!
Early Saturday morning Max Medley, George Parsley (both of Dalton GA), and
I headed up to Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge to see the now famous Hooded
Crane, provenance unknown, currently in residence there with hundreds
and/or (more likely) thousands of Sandhill Cranes, and a few Whooping
We arrived at first light and were not to be disappointed, we quickly and
throughout the morning had all of the great and long looks at the adult
Hooded Crane that we could ask for, although never closer than 200-300
yards. We also enjoyed seeing 4 Whooping Cranes at the refuge, one reddish
brown and white/whitish juvenile bird and three adults (the adults far out
on Hiwassee Island from the overlook at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park
at Blythe Ferry). A 3-crane day in Tennessee!
I was able to get some phonescoped video of the Hooded Crane showing the
red crown at times, quite a bit of preening and wing flapping, both from
the front and the back of the bird, as well as some of the interaction
between the Sandhill Cranes and the Hooded Crane.
The videos are up in the 121711 HOODED CRANE Hiwassee WR TN folder at:
If you need or want the free QuickTime Player from Apple, it's available
After Hiwassee WR, we had 32+ Common Goldeneye on Chickamauga Lake from
Booker T. Washington State Park, and after Booker T. we were able to
relocate the Tundra Swan at the Lake Ocoee flats at the east end of the
lake east of Cleveland just before dark.
Another very enjoyable day of near Georgia birding in Tennessee, and it
was great to see so many folks come out to see the Hooded Crane!
Also, a summary post has come out from TOS member Charles Murray regarding
the weekend at Hiwassee WR, the post transcript from TN-Bird:
Subject: Hiwassee Visitors Saturday and Sunday
From: Charles Murray <dro_1945 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2011 18:37:31 -0800 (PST)
Besides the hundreds or thousands (?) of sandhill cranes seen at the
Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Meigs Co. near Birchwood on Saturday and
Sunday, the hooded crane, 1 - 3 whooping cranes, 2 or more adult bald
eagles, several species of ducks, and the occasional Northern harrier were
seen. An approximate total of 203 people from 8 states and Ecuador were
there at some time during the 9.25 hours that were monitored by TOS
members! The hooded crane was still present at HWR as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Follow the Hooded Crane news at TN-Bird on Birdingonthe.Net:
- or -
at TN-Bird itself:
Good Birding All!
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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