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The Vinalhaven Sightings Report is organized and edited by Kirk Gentalen on behalf of Vinalhaven Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Out and about on Vinalhaven, MCHT steward Kirk Gentalen reports on what he and others have seen in their travels. Contributions of stories and photos are welcome, and can be sent to


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

June 13, 2010 Sandhill Cranes!

Sandhill Cranes & other big waders” – Sylvia Reiss from over on City Point Road reports that she and a few friends witnessed 2 large birds flying westward by their place around 11am on Sunday June 13th. “Necks and legs fully extended like sandhills” is the quote and Sandhill Cranes are apparently just what they saw! The pair of Cranes had been observed in a meadow on Greens Island that morning where John Drury got some great photos before they took flight. Not so amazing tracking has the two flying up the Reach, past Sylvia’s, and then banking north to the North Haven golf course where Terry Goodhue nabbed some photos of the birds the next day. Great sighting! That’s 3 sandhill cranes for john in a 9 month stretch.