For the second time this year, on 9 September 2011, two Whooping Cranes have
been discovered in Rice County. They are in a wetland on the south side of
County Road 9, a couple of miles west of Decker Avenue.  I suspect, like the
cranes seen this spring, these birds are from the flock that breeds in
Wisconsin and winters in Florida. Although the birds are about a
quarter-mile from the roadside, observers are cautioned not to trespass into
the field or wetland and to use caution against disturbing the cranes.
 Photos of both cranes are on my blog:

Dan or Erika Tallman
Northfield, Minnesota
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