[TN-Bird] Strange Crane at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge

  • From: Charles Murray <dro_1945@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 08:14:39 -0800 (PST)

Yesterday,  Marie
Sutton and Phyllis Deal  from Lexington, KY spotted a strange crane at the 
Hiwassee Wildlife
Refuge from the gazebo in Meigs Co. I arrived on the scene and called Jen 
Davis, ICF crane tracker. She arrived, took some digiscope photos and took the 
following notes on the 'mystery bird.'

Crane Description:
Smaller than a Sandhill. A shorter beak than the Canadian
Sandhills on the HWR. Makes a higher pitched call, and is not the same sound.
Black body with long tertial feathers. White Neck. Red cap. Black around the

Jen contacted Bryant Tarr, crane curator at ICF. He believes the crane is a 
hooded crane. Jen has sent this description and some photos to Scott Somershoe.

Charles Murray
Birchwood, TN

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