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Leucistic Crane had a Colt

Kachemak Crane Watch received this note from Dave Goeke on March 30, 2017.  Last summer the leucistic crane showed up in the Mat-Su area.  If anyone sees this crane and its colt, please let me know.   Send photos if you are able to get any of the crane and/or its colt.  Thanks!

Nina Faust
Kachemak Crane Watch
Homer, AK 99603
Phone:  907-235-6262 or Email:  

Best regards,
Photo provided by Dave Goeke.

Heads up. The leucistic crane nested successfully last year! It is now accompanied by a leucistic juvenile from last season. The two were first photographed February 26 flying together over Consumnes River Preserve about 40 miles south of Sacramento, California. They were next photographed on the ground March 3 near Burns, Oregon. They were first observed here when I photographed them four miles south of Othello, Washington, on March 21 in the same cornfield where I photographed the adult last year. They have been seen here again on March 22, 25, and 26. They might still be here, but it appears a significant number of cranes might have moved on today. As I recall, last year the adult left about mid-April and arrived outside Palmer, Alaska, nine days later. I just thought you would like to know so you can get the word out to those who might want to know the birds are coming.

Dave Goeke
Othello, WA

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New Video, “A Fledge for Freedom,” Now on Youtube

High sandhill crane season is in full swing.  We have had many reports of crane pairs returning but would love to hear about pairs that are now nesting.  Send us a report at reports@cranewatch.org or call 235-6262 to leave a report.  Let us know when the pair began sitting on the nest (usually only one of the pair shows up at a time) and where you are located as well as your contact information.
Kachemak Crane Watch’s new video was shown at Shorebird Festival in May and is now available on Youtube.  You can watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-catc2OLiU.   Let us know what you think of the video.  It will probably also be shown during the summer at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer if you want to see it on a big screen.  Call them if you want to know when it will be shown.

Happy crane viewing!  Be sure to let us know when you see colts!