Chick Check

Wisconsin DNR pilot Bev Paulan flew on Monday and again yesterday and both days could only locate two crane chicks.

W7-16 was flying short sorties with both adults (29-09 and 12-03) closely watching.

W9-16 was with mom 8-05 while dad 1-04 was a short distance away.

It would appear that the oldest chick this year, number W3-16 disappeared from the landscape the preceding week. Mom 4-11 is now in Juneau County, WI associating with lone male #29-08.

Pictured is W7-16 with Mom 12-03 and Dad 29-09

Pictured is W7-16 with Mom 12-03 and Dad 29-09

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  1. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd August 5, 2016 11:14 am

    Beautiful photo of W7-16. So sorry to hear of loss of W3-16.
    Thank you OM , Bev Paulan, & Wisconsin DNR for all you do.
    Praying next year is a “break-out” year for chick survival.

  2. Catherine Wohlfeil August 4, 2016 9:37 pm

    Short sorties! How about “Sortie” for a name? He/she has the right stuff! Proud parents watching the future grow…

  3. Nancy August 4, 2016 8:02 pm

    How very sad on the probable loss of that chick. Have raccoons been discussed as a possible predator?

    • Heather Ray August 5, 2016 6:12 am

      They’re definitely predators of cranes… Also eagles, and other aerial predators.