Whooping Cranes 4-12 & 5-12 Stop By…

This past Saturday, Joe Duff, Doug Pellerin and myself were out at the pensite putting the finishing touches on the site to prepare it for the arrival of the Class of 2013. It was a rather hot and muggy day and once Doug and I finished raking the runway, we all decided to break for a quick lunch in Princeton so we could retrieve some additional supplies from the storage hangar.

We had a vehicle full of water pans and additional hoses and foot baths so Joe instructed Doug to pull up as close as possible without actually driving onto the runway. This would make for a shorter distance to haul the supplies.

As we approached the pen something white caught my eye near the wet pen – ‘stop, stop, stop’ Doug, immediately stopped and I said ‘there are two white birds in the wet pen.’

It appears that they are in the pen, however, they are actually on the far side of it.

It appears that they are in the pen, however, they are actually on the far side of it.

At first glance it did indeed appear that they were IN the pen, however, once we got a good look through Doug’s binoculars, we could tell that in fact, they were on the far side of the pen and not inside it.

We took advantage of the situation and snapped a few photos – not only to document but also to get a better look at the legbands so that we could positively ID them as numbers 4-12 & 5-12 from last year’s class of Whooping cranes.

They appeared to be checking out the runway where they took their first flights last summer.

They appeared to be checking out the runway where they took their first flights last summer.

After a few minutes, it seems they were finished inspecting our work and took off to the west. What a wonderful reward for all the hard work…

The two returned a couple hours later and were there again on Sunday morning.

The two returned a couple hours later and were there again on Sunday morning.

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9 Comments

  1. Kathleen Kaska July 10, 2013 10:53 am

    They were checking everything out for the new flock. Looks like they approved.

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  2. M L Walsh aka maxgreenwing July 8, 2013 11:52 am

    My heart is singing. la la la They are beautiful. 🙂

  3. Chix Laces July 8, 2013 10:50 am

    It was great to see them there inspecting the pensite. Perhaps they know that the chicks will be coming this week and want to make sure everything is ready for their arrival

  4. Margie Tomlinson July 8, 2013 10:08 am

    Oh, Heather, lucky you! and,”How sweeet it is”…. that they stopped by remembering “home”. They do look so beautiful, too! Can’t wait for tomorrow (Tues.). Hope the “Beast” will be up and working for us to see our new “young’ins”, the Class of 2013, arrive for training there at Necedah. Good luck to all the OM Team as they start a new season.

  5. Wanda July 8, 2013 9:44 am

    Indeed, they are beautiful. So glad they remember their roots and are able to fly freely to explore and live. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us.

  6. Kay July 8, 2013 9:42 am

    There’s nothing like home! You folks certainly have provided an excellent one.

  7. Mary W-D July 8, 2013 9:39 am

    What fun!! So glad they stopped by, especially for you hard workers, but also for the rest of us : )

  8. Carol Rogers July 8, 2013 9:31 am

    What a beautiful sight! I know you were all thrilled beyond words:-)

  9. eugenia July 8, 2013 8:22 am

    They are looking fine, aren’t they? So nice of them to drop by to check out the old home place, and yes, to reward you hard-working folks!