[CT Birds] Unknown bird (New York)

Scott Henckel scott.henckel at snet.net
Mon Sep 19 09:55:19 EDT 2016

Yes!  I don't know the name of the town but the Rt. number sounds correct.
Very impressive bird. I hope it stays in the area and  somebody tracks it

Scott Henckel
Shelton, CT

-----Original Message-----
From: Russ Smiley [mailto:arsmiley at comcast.net] 
Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2016 11:52 PM
To: 'Scott Henckel'
Subject: RE: [CT Birds] Unknown bird (New York)

Hello Scott,
Exit 5 is the exit for Route 208 to Maybrook, New York.
Is that where you saw the possible crane?
Russ Smiley
Marlborough, CT

-----Original Message-----
From: CTBirds [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of
Scott Henckel via CTBirds
Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2016 9:03 PM
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Unknown bird (New York)

To all:


Some of you know me but most of you probably don't but I used to be an avid
birder in CT. years ago but haven't been active in some time. I want to pass
on what  I saw today while driving home from Pennsylvania.


Around 6:00pm today  I was driving along I-84 East in NY and spotted a very
large bird standing on the edge of a large farm/field about 30-40 yards in
from the shoulder of the highway about 2-3 miles before Exit 5. It had to be
at least 4 feet tall. Tallest bird I've ever seen in the wild. The only
thing I could think of was a crane. It lacked the crimson patch on the head
and was generally drab brown/white but my immediate thought was an immature
Sandhill Crane. I don't have a lot of experience with this bird but it was
so tall it stuck out like a sore thumb. I was going to turn around and try
to get a pic of it but thought it would be unsafe as pulling over on the
highway probably wouldn't be in my best interest.


I just wanted to let people know who live and bird in that area to keep an
eye out in the fields nearby. I figured it was worthy of me letting you all


Happy birding


Scott Henckel

Shelton, CT


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