Re-visiting the Whooping Crane Class of 2013

It’s been almost a month since our first little fuzzball Whooping crane chick popped out of its egg so I thought it was time we have another look at them so we could see how much they’ve changed. Whooping cranes can grow as much as one inch a day – something that is to be expected when they’re supposed to follow their parents (or our aircraft) on their first migration in less than five months.

Here is a set of images of our first few chicks. The image on the left is the chick shortly after hatching and the image on the right was taken over the weekend by Geoff Tarbox. Amazing isn’t it?

Whooping crane chick

Crane chick number 1-13 hatched on May 14 and is a full sibling to number 4-13. Both eggs were retrieved from the abandoned nest of  #9-05 & 13-03* While you can’t see it in the images, number 1-13 has a blue legband

Whooping crane chicks

Number 2-13 hatched on May 15 and is a full sibling of chick number 5-13. These two eggs were also retrieved from abandoned nests. Their parents are Whooping cranes 3-04 & 9-03*

Number 3-13 hatched on May 15 also. As well, this little guy/gal came from an abandoned nest in the core nesting area in Wisconsin. Parents are 41-09 & 32-09*

Number 3-13 hatched on May 15 also. As well, this little guy/gal came from an abandoned nest in the core nesting area in Wisconsin. Parents are 41-09 & 32-09*

Chick 4-13 hatched on May 16 and is an offspring of # 9-05 & 13-03

Chick 4-13 hatched on May 16 and is an offspring of # 9-05 & 13-03

Number 5-13 hatched on May 16 also and as mentioned above is a full sibling to #2-13.

Number 5-13 hatched on May 16 also and as mentioned above is a full sibling to #2-13.

You may recall from Geoff’s posting that number 6-13 was having some health issues – mainly aspergillosis, which may prevent him/her from continuing with the aircraft reintroduction. In fact, this chick has been pulled and will be held back at Patuxent where it can be treated by Dr. Olsen.

Taking the place of number 6-13 is crane chick 9-13, bringing our current total to nine.

Tune in tomorrow to re-visit the rest of the Class of 2013 and to get your first glimpse of crane chick 9-13.

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2 Comments

  1. Jane June 13, 2013 11:03 am

    They grow so fast! Thanks for all you do, and for posting the photos too.

    http://walkwithmepart2.blogspot.com/

  2. Patricia Ewing June 13, 2013 8:10 am

    Oh my, they grow so fast, thank you for sharing these pictures.