Visiting an old Friend

Whooping crane 3-14 was one of two Whooping cranes that Joe and I managed to capture and relocate back to the White River Marsh training site in Green Lake County on May 22nd. She and 4-14 (Peanut) appeared to stay in the area for a few days before she moved north to Waushara County.

The PTT hits we’ve received on her since have been pretty much in the same location, which can raise a red flag. For that reason, she’s been on my short list of birds that I’ve wanted to double check on once I arrived back in Wisconsin.

The yellow lines indicate location 'points' for Whooping crane 3-14 since she moved to Waushara County, WI.

The yellow lines indicate location ‘points’ for Whooping crane 3-14 since she moved to Waushara County, WI.

Jo-Anne and I had the opportunity today to check on 3-14, once we finished sorting and cataloging the 62 auction items that have arrived at the Princeton Chamber of Commerce office. Huge thanks to volunteers Carol Bielski, Lois Ballard, Rich Smith and Bev Birks who helped make such a huge task not only short but a lot of fun.

After a 40 minute drive to the area of her PTT hits, it’s with much relief that we can report 3-14 is just fine – looks great and is in a wonderful location with no homes in the area. Here’s a photo that Jo-Anne managed to capture this morning.

Female Whooping no. 3-14 foraging in a remote field in Waushara County, Wisconsin

Female Whooping no. 3-14 foraging in a remote field in Waushara County, Wisconsin

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15 Comments

  1. Catherine Wohlfeil June 16, 2015 10:07 pm

    She’s found a good home in a nice location… why roam? : )

  2. Margie Tomlinson June 16, 2015 2:28 pm

    Glad you found her. She looks great! Thanks for the update!

  3. Mindy June 16, 2015 1:07 pm

    So thankful she is ok…..would all the close-together hits indicate injury or what? Thank you Heather!

    • Heather Ray June 16, 2015 3:52 pm

      it could… or death. Luckily this wasn’t the case. She’s just found habitat that clearly suits her needs.

  4. GinnyL June 16, 2015 12:45 pm

    This sure was worth waiting for, thanks much Heather 🙂

  5. ffmn June 16, 2015 12:31 pm

    Whew~~~ She is fine. She has found her ground ‘sweet spot’ beside the one behind the ultralight while in the air. Thanks for update.

  6. birdlady9 June 16, 2015 11:39 am

    Great to see that 3-14 is doing well in a nice remote location. 🙂
    Thanks for the update, Heather and Jo-Anne!

  7. Cheryl N. June 16, 2015 11:28 am

    Thanks for checking on her and letting us know that she is safe and happy.

  8. Richard P. Chase June 16, 2015 10:06 am

    Hate to say it but that map of ‘hits” looks like the trail a woman would leave after going to the local shopping mall. So good to get good news!

  9. Mollie Cook June 16, 2015 9:24 am

    Thanks Heather & Jo-Anne for giving us such great news & a pic.
    What a beautiful young lady she is!

  10. Marilyn June 16, 2015 9:03 am

    Thank you, Heather, for keeping us whooper-lovers posted. So happy to hear of 3-14.
    dmbm

  11. Cheryl Murphy June 16, 2015 8:39 am

    Happy for the good news. Great pic! Thank you!

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  12. Patricia Ewing June 16, 2015 8:02 am

    OH such good news, Thanks Heather…

  13. Karen Anne June 16, 2015 7:31 am

    Yeah! Great news to start the day with.

  14. Patti June 16, 2015 6:16 am

    SO good to see her. Glad she is well, she looks healthy and happy <3