Common Crane

Grus grus

ML251847211


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Alex Lamoreaux
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eBird Checklist S71859551
County Road 48 Playa
Modoc, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 41.7461, -120.4427 Map

Age
Adult
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

iPhone/scope photo

Observation details

Continuing here since it was discovered this morning by Kevin McKereghan! 2nd Modoc County record, and the 3rd record for California! When we arrived at 41.7462411, -120.4427904 along the SW corner of the playa, the crane was on the opposite shoreline slowly foraging among cattle. Later the crane took flight and landed among ibis at the S end of the playa. From there it slowly foraged across the mudflats and into the short grass. At 7:05pm the crane flew to the E shoreline of the playa but was quickly scared off when 3 pairs of Sandhill Cranes came in. We eventually lost it when it flew low and out of view behind a small hill. At 7:17pm the crane returned to the S end mudflats, and that’s where we left it. Concerning the ID, this looked like a pure Common and showed no signs of hybridization. It was darker gray than a Sandhill and without any rufous staining. Striped black and white face with black extending down front of neck. Small red crown patch. Entirely black flight feathers. It seemed larger; like closer in size to a male Sandhill. Distant photos and a video.

Background Species

White-faced Ibis - Plegadis chihi

Technical Information

Model
iPhone X
Lens model
iPhone X back dual camera 4mm f/1.8
f-stop
f/1.8
Focal length
4 mm
Shutter speed
1/220 sec
ISO
20
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
678KB
Dimensions
2601 x 1772

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