[CT Birds] Flight Path Of The 5 Sandhill Cranes...

O'TOOLE, Brian botoole at audubon.org
Fri Oct 30 16:13:29 EDT 2009

Here are some interesting posts from the Mass listserve on the presumably same 5 Sandhill Cranes that left Mass. around 9:30 a.m., headed to Rhode Island and finally through CT at Quaker Ridge in the afternoon.

Brian O'Toole

Subject: Re: 5 Sandhill Cranes followed from Fall River, MA to Portsmouth, RI
From: Jason Forbes <jason AT brewsterslinnet.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 17:22:54 -0400

And Bob reports that they were last seen in the fields around 9:30
this morning, so there's pretty much no question that they've now
moved south. Thanks to Bob Conway and ADMakepeace for all the updates
throughout the birds' stay.

Subject: 5 Sandhill Cranes followed from Fall River, MA to Portsmouth, RI
From: Paul Champlin <skua99 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 15:27:44 -0400

Hi folks,

On the way into Rhode Island today I spotted five Sandhill Cranes cruising at
about 600 foot elevation along Rt. 24 and managed to follow them (by doubling
back several times) to Portsmouth, RI where they continued on between the first
wind generator and the Mt. Hope Bridge. Gee... wonder where they were from.
After seeing them in Wareham (presumably) it was a nice way to get a RI state

Westport, MA
e some interesting posts from the MASS listserve on the birds flight path:

Subject: Fwd: Sandhill Cranes: Wareham to Greenwich
From: treeswallow5 AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 07:29:11 -0400

Here's a mapquest route from Tihonet Bogs to Greenwich, CT...a fairly straight
run of 191 miles...I'm sure the cranes consulted Mapquest before they left to
get the best route to Cape May Point, NJ and destinations south! I'll be
checking NJBIRDS the next few days...


Mike Maurer
Marion, MA

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