Yesterday Pete and JoAnn Moroz spotted a Sandhill
Crane at Horseshoe Lake south of St. Joseph. It was in the southwest area
of the Lake. I was not able to get there right away to look for it (about
5:00 p.m.). However, it was seen by at least three other people
yesterday. I drove down this morning and found the bird in the above
location (same area of lake). It was at the water's edge probing for
food. Going east from the Sandhill Crane were 600-700 American White
Pelicans, some Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, one Great Egret,
one Snow Goose (Blue Phase) and Killdeer and swallows. It was 7:45 a.m.
when I saw the Sandhill Crane.
Horseshoe Lake is west off of
highway 59, which runs south out of St. Joseph. To access the lake turn
west off of highway 59 on Pettit Road across the railroad tracks. The lake
is only about 1/8 of mile from the highway. The road sign at the other end of
Pettit Road is signed Petitt Road. Be careful crossing the railroad tracks
as there are no red warning lights and trains are numerous.