We’re very sorry to report that the nest in Green Lake County, Wisconsin was predated last evening at 7:20 pm by a coyote.
I can only describe the events leading up to it as a roller coaster ride of emotions. We watched on the CraneCam as a third whooping crane appeared on the screen. I was viewing the feed on my television screen so that I could determine its legband combination and I’m 99% certain it was #4-14, aka Peanut. Could it be?
Of course the nesting adults were doing everything they could do to chase away the interloper from their nesting territory. Looking back now, I believe they were distracted trying to run off the other crane, until the coyote was mere feet from their nest.
It was on a mission and went through the water surrounding the nest platform, knowing what the reward would be. The parents ran at him and tried to ward him off but he wasn’t going to be thwarted.
As you know by now, this was the first nest at White River Marsh and we had pinned a lot of hope on its outcome. If the egg((s) were fertile we were expecting a hatch today or tomorrow.
Obviously, we’re as disappointed as I’m sure, each of you are…