Where the Birds Are…

One low pressure system after another continues to block bird migration to the upper Midwest, which means it’s also put a halt to the group of five juveniles and to whooping crane number 2-15. The group of five is in Bureau County, Illinois (photo below) and #2-15 remains in Jasper County, IN.

Current surface winds in the area are blowing at 14 mph so we know they’re much stronger aloft. It appears that Wednesday will be the first suitable migration day with southeasterly winds.

The only crane making any progress over the weekend was female #8-14. She managed to make it from Dixie County, FL to Warren County, Kentucky since we last checked in with her.

Juvenile Whooping cranes 1, 6, 8, 10 & 11-15 photographed in Bureau County, IL by Chris Lopez.

Juvenile Whooping cranes 1, 6, 8, 10 & 11-15 photographed in Bureau County, IL by Chris Lopez.

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  1. Suzy Rob April 12, 2016 1:25 pm

    Wondering where is ‘Peanut’? Maybe I missed an update…


    • Heather Ray April 12, 2016 1:48 pm

      We too are wondering. This week, trackers will be checking the areas he was known to frequent upon his return in the spring of 2015.

  2. P. Doms April 11, 2016 6:12 pm

    Keep looking at that windyty link and saying…:oh darn” too windy again. 🙂

  3. PattiLat April 11, 2016 3:29 pm

    Checking “In The Field” at least half dozen times a day. Always pleased with a new entry. Thanks so much, Heather. Nice picture of our burdies, Chris, thank you.

  4. Mindy April 11, 2016 12:52 pm

    Thank you for the picture, Heather, and for updating us…was wondering about them after seeing a picture of 5 on FB over the weekend…..Keep going babies, you’re almost home….

  5. Sallyls April 11, 2016 12:48 pm

    Has anyone had a visual on the lone 2-15? I hope he’s ok there all alone

    • Barb April 11, 2016 3:45 pm

      I thought 2-15 was our adventurous girl.

  6. vannie zychowicz April 11, 2016 11:38 am

    Thank you so much Heather for letting us know wear the young whooper are and another thing last weekend we was that white river Marsh got to see two whooper near the viouing sit with sandhill cranes alot of them it was exciting to watch


  7. Kay Huey April 11, 2016 11:37 am

    I am so very proud of them all. You certainly taught them well and, in their own ways, the Spectacular Seven are doing exactly what they need to do. My last immediate hope is that all ten of you meet up at White River and have a little dance in celebration!

  8. Lara Leaf April 11, 2016 11:27 am

    Hope they are finding plenty to eat and are safe (as safe as possible in Nature)!

  9. Barb April 11, 2016 10:28 am

    Thanks for the update. Looks like these 5 Whoopers are healthy.

  10. Mollie Cook April 11, 2016 10:03 am

    Good to see the Fab Five. Thanks for the update Heather.

  11. thunder April 11, 2016 9:51 am

    Thank you Heather. We were wondering how they were all doing. Muchly appreciated!! 🙂

  12. Patricia Ewing April 11, 2016 9:28 am

    Thank you for this update…

  13. Susan Marsh April 11, 2016 9:17 am

    Thank you for your dedication, Heather, in keeping us informed.