Well well, looks like whooping cranes 4-12 & 5-12 have gotten over their disagreement. You may recall these two male cranes spent most of last summer in and around the White River Marsh training site and then both were waiting at the St. Marks NWR winter release pen in Florida when we arrived with the Class of 2013.

Early this spring, #4-12 chased his best buddy 5-12 off and migrated back to Wisconsin solo. Since then both have been spending time separately in the area surrounding White River Marsh.

Doug Pellerin has been volunteering some time this spring tracking the returnees and spotted these two together again on Friday.

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Whooping cranes 4 & 5-12 spend time together in Green Lake County, WI

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  1. Ann Gillis May 9, 2014 2:02 pm

    Doug, Thanks a million. It always warms my heart to know details of them…………

  2. Dora Giles May 8, 2014 8:44 pm

    Are the two brown looking cranes Sandhill cranes?


    • Heather Ray May 9, 2014 5:16 am

      No, they are Sandhill cranes.

      • Warrenwesternpa May 10, 2014 6:01 am

        Uh hum … ?.??

      • Warrenwesternpa May 10, 2014 6:02 am


  3. Stan Howald May 7, 2014 12:18 pm

    Perhaps like Oscar and Felix they get on each other’s nerves and sometimes need some time apart.

  4. Mary Beth May 6, 2014 8:05 pm

    Looks like a double-date with the two Sandies.

  5. M L Walsh aka maxgreenwing May 6, 2014 12:18 pm


  6. Karen Amoroso May 6, 2014 10:41 am

    Bless their hearts. A little time apart really did make their hearts grow fonder…!

  7. Karen Amoroso May 6, 2014 10:40 am

    Bless their hearts. A little time apart really did make the heart grow fonder…!

  8. Patricia Wenzel May 6, 2014 9:58 am

    Old friends are the best friends!

  9. marje lloyd May 6, 2014 7:22 am

    wonder if they will think they can live in the pen when the chicklets arrive, should be interesting