Whooping cranes present as late as 3:30 pm today.  

Luann Holst
Bloomsdale, MO

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> On Jan 18, 2016, at 5:30 PM, palmerrd <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Monday 18 January 2016
> Randolph County, Illinois and Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri
> 4 immature Whooping Crane
>    Drove down to Kaskaskia Island early this morning with Dorothy.  We drove to the 3/4 mile
> spot and saw David Beecher with his scope.  As we drove up to Dave's car the cranes took off
> from far out in the corn field flying west over us and the dike at 7:20 AM.  They were close enough
> to us that we were able to identify them.  My first for Illinois.  We walked up on the dike but were
> unable to see them due to the many trees.  David left headed south.  We then headed further north to the
> first gravel road going to the top of the dike.  The road continued on down the other side into a corn field. 
> As everything was very frozen I walked out into the corn field on the farm road to the top of a rise. 
> From there I was able to scope the cranes at 9:00 AM. They were now in Missouri very close to
> Highway 61 standing in a corn field.  My first for Missouri.  Only other thing of note before we left
> were two Trumpeter Swans near a farm house on the island seen from the road on the way off the
> island .  No neck bands that I could see.
>    225 miles round trip but it was worth it.  Thanks Pat for letting the birding world know.
> Dick and Dorothy Palmer
> 340 America St
> Foristell, MO 63348-1163
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