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Asian Hooded Crane

December 28, 2011 by staff 

Asian Hooded CraneAsian Hooded Crane, “It’s a great thrill,” said Melinda Welton, conservation chair for the Tennessee Ornithological Society and a bird migration researcher. “People are coming in from all over the country to see this bird.”

Ms Welton said local birdwatcher Charles Murray has been keeping a log of visitors to the town of Birchwood, near the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency refuge.

“He has had more than 700 people come and visit from all over the country to see this bird,” she said. “People have come from 26 states and from two countries, including Russia.”

The bird has been seen every day since mid-December, when the sandhill cranes arrived for their winter residency at the refuge.

Ms Welton said this particular type of crane “nests in southern Russia and northern China and winters in Japan.”

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