They’re Baaaaack…

A couple weeks ago we told you that the group of four ultralight cranes from last year had ventured 80 miles or so into Illinois and were spending time feeding at a flooded ag field.

The group consists of 6, 8, 10 & 11-15.

Cellular hits received late yesterday for two of the group indicate they are back in neighboring Winnebago County, Wisconsin. We’re assuming the group is still intact but eagerly await confirmation.

They’re only ~25 miles from White River Marsh so we’ll have to keep all eyes on the CraneCam to see if they stop in for a visit!

Here’s a Google Earth grab showing what their May travels look like:


Elsewhere – number 2-15 has finally left Door County and has found a lovely wetland in Waukesha County, and number 1-15 is in a great location in Rock County, Wisconsin.

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  1. Christine Myers May 24, 2016 9:46 pm

    So happy to hear about the 2015 group again, especially 2-15! Thank you!

  2. Mindy May 24, 2016 2:12 pm

    Thank you for the update Heather!

  3. Cheryl N. May 24, 2016 12:06 pm

    Thank you for the update, Heather.

  4. Emilie Burnett May 24, 2016 10:30 am

    Woe be to the poor unfortunate male that *2-15 chooses to be her mate. lol

  5. MARY RATHSACK May 24, 2016 10:12 am

    I was in Nenaha Wisconsin in late April and a flock about 15 whooping cranes flow over where my husband was fishing at the dam off of lake winabago on the fox river channel. I was so amazed at the size of the cranes then I saw the black tips of flight feathrs and knew then they were whopping cranes. But that said, why were why in Neenah? That is to far North and they were traveling west along the water route. The swans were also traveling that same route that week.About 3 years ago , there was a single whooping crane here in Appleton at the edge of the fox river buy a dam. I saw him for about 2days then was gone. April or may.There was no mistakes about what I saw. I raise cockatoos and have a love for wild birds as well. Lots of reseach. Please write back.

    • Heather Ray May 24, 2016 10:48 am

      These would have been white pelicans and not whooping cranes. Whoopers don’t flock together like their Sandhill crane cousins.
      Cool sighting!

  6. Mollie Cook May 24, 2016 9:31 am

    This is great news…….thank you Heather.

  7. Elsie Sealander May 24, 2016 7:33 am

    Thanks for the update.