[TN-Bird] Hooded Crane - Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge -12/17/11

  • From: Mark Mcshane <mcshane1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2011 14:18:45 -0800 (PST)

Hi All,

Early yesterday morning Max Medley, George Parsley (both of Dalton GA), and I 
headed up to Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge near Birchwood, TN to see the now famous 
Hooded Crane, provenance unknown, currently in residence there with thousands 
of Sandhill Cranes and a few Whooping Cranes!

We were not disappointed and quickly had great looks at the adult Hooded Crane, 
we also enjoyed seeing 4 Whooping Cranes, one young and three adults (the 
adults from the overlook at Cherokee Removal Memorial Park at Blythe Ferry).

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.

The videos are up in the 121711 HOODED CRANE Hiwassee WR TN folder at:

http://www.box.com/shared/2yxtdkm3ta

If you need or want the free QuickTime Player from Apple, it's available at:

http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download

After Hiwassee WR, we had 32+ Common Goldeneye on Chickamauga Lake from Booker 
T. Washington State Park, 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!

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
www.neargareport.com
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