The UN winter wetland counts often find 100 - 200 birds - usually on the Bay of Sirt (sometimes called Bay of Sidra). However they have seen them inland at Houn too. I, of course, saw 4 birds deep in the desert on a government farm.
But do we know where they have come from? They winter much further west in Morocco and eastward all across the southern Mediterranean. I had assumed that Libyan birds would not come from the western populations in Finland but from those further east.
common crane at Jalu in the middle of the Sahara on a farmRenttimä-crane
Then I came across this information (see below) on the web written by Petri Suorsa on behalf of Satellite crane 2010. Its about a Finnish crane called Renttima which has had a tracking device fitted. It spent part of last winter in Libya. I have to warn you that other Finnish birds didn't come to Libya!
Renttimä is an adult Eurasian crane that was captured by Matti Tolvanen and fitted with a satellite transmitter by Matti Suopajärvi in Savukoski –municipality,
If you want more information try http://www.satelliittikurjet.fi/2010_kurjet_engl.html
It looks like crane movements are quite complicated. We cannot assume western populations end up at the western end of the wintering range. I hope I don't have to wait long for more information.