Sandhill Cranes return to Madison
On March 8, Jeff Steele, on his daily exploration of the Madison area looking to photograph birds, insects, plants and more, also stopped briefly at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, the Class of 1918 Marsh. Undoubtedly, he hoped to observe a Sandhill Crane at this location. Several of them had been reported in the Madison area this past week. We are rewarded with this photo posted on iNaturalist.
Jeff also spotted numerous water fowl that day on the open waters of Lake Monona and the Yahara River, including a Peregrine falcon, Red-winged blackbird, Gadwall, Common goldeneye, Canvasback, Ring-necked duck, Redhead and Lesser scaup. Thank you Jeff.
Gisela Kutzbach and contributors
Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
P.O. Box 5534
Madison, WI 53705
UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve website