[Ontbirds] Ottawa (Navan) - nearly 100 Sandhill Cranes

Christina Lewis hagenius at primus.ca
Sat Nov 14 16:14:52 EST 2009

Hello Ontbirds people,

On Oct. 25, a record high number of 86 Sandhill Cranes was found in the Navan area east of Ottawa. 

Today (Nov. 14), it appears that this record has been surpassed, and is probably the highest number recorded in eastern Ontario. 

Between 91 - 100 cranes (nearly all adults) were seen (by Bob Backen, Bob Cermak and myself) feeding, flying and calling in the cornfields southwest of the intersection of Milton Rd. and Smith Rd.~9:30 - 10:00 am.

This species breeds in small numbers in the Mer Bleue and Alfred bogs east of Ottawa, however the numbers of cranes that gather annually in the fall in the Navan area have increased every year since at least 1995, especially in the past 2 - 3 years. 


>From downtown Ottawa, take Hwy 417 east to exit #96. Take Boundary Rd. (Cty Rd. 41) north to Russell Rd. East on Russell Rd. to Milton Rd. North on Milton to Smith Rd. The cranes have also been seen just east of this location, in the fields between Milton Rd. and Trim Rd.

Chris Lewis
Ottawa, ON
hagenius at primus.ca

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