Catching up with the Class of 2013

For the first few days after returning to White River Marsh SWA in Green Lake County, Wisconsin the six young whooping cranes continued to socialize as one group for a short time. Recently, however, cranes 7-13 & 8-13 have branched off on their own and have spent the past few days in Dodge County.

This leaves cranes 2-13, 4-13, 5-13 & 9-13 still in Green Lake County and yesterday while tracking these and other returnees, Doug Pellerin captured the following images to share with us.

From left to right: 4-13, 5-13 & 9-13

From left to right: 4-13, 5-13 & 9-13

Lift-off!

Lift-off!

After a short flight the trio landed and were joined by #2-13.

After a short flight the trio landed and were joined by #2-13.

No doubt this deer was curious about the large white cranes.

No doubt this deer was curious about the large white cranes.

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11 Comments

  1. Calistus Holland May 4, 2014 7:09 pm

    I took pictures last August of 4-12 and 5-12. Is there any information that you have on them? That you could email to me. Thank you for your reply.

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  2. Sherry Wynn May 2, 2014 8:44 am

    Fantastic photos, Doug! So glad to see them return.

  3. Lori (loriearn) May 2, 2014 6:12 am

    Picture perfect. Thanks for sharing, Doug.

  4. Ann Gillis May 1, 2014 9:30 pm

    Loved viewing these photos. You had a good day! Thanks for sharing with us……..The deer adds to the beauty of it all……

  5. Sally Swanson May 1, 2014 1:41 pm

    It’s good to see the youngsters! Thanks so much!

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  6. Kay May 1, 2014 12:14 pm

    I take it that there’s still no word on #3-13. As I recall, he once had a tracking device but hated it, so it was taken off. I’ve worried and worried about him. I was hoping that he found some 2012’s on migration and joined up.

    At the same time, I do appreciate the great pictures.

    • Heather Ray May 1, 2014 12:23 pm

      Every crane has a tracking device. Most have radio tracking units and the others have satellite trackers. #3-13 has a radio transmitter, which can only be detected by a receiver and antenna when in the same area as the crane.
      Unfortunately, we’ve not had any reports on #3-13 since he left Florida on March 31st with the others.

  7. Mary W-D May 1, 2014 11:55 am

    Lovely pics, so nice to see. Thank you Doug and Heather.

  8. Warrenwesternpa May 1, 2014 11:17 am

    1 May, 2014 Catching up with the Class of 2013 Heather Ray

    Wow! Whoopers and the Deer. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing Doug!

  9. Chix Laces May 1, 2014 11:16 am

    Right back where they started from. Happy wanderings

  10. Ruth Mitchell May 1, 2014 10:54 am

    So beautiful…so perfect…thank you so much for sharing these pictures.. I can’t wait for the start of the next season!!!!