We’ve been able to learn a couple of things since the nest belonging to whooping cranes 3-14 & 4-12 was predated Monday evening.
Brooke slogged through the marsh very early yesterday morning to locate the nest and collect anything he could. His hope was to get in and back out before the pair returned… IF they returned.
Firstly, there were two eggs and it was evident both were viable. Egg fragments were collected.
Secondly, the nest is surrounded by water. Here’s a photo showing the nest and surrounding area.
The other important thing we’ve been able to determine is the identification of the interloper whooper. It was indeed male #4-14 (Peanut). Hours spent yesterday staring at video leading up to the arrival of the coyote revealed his legband combination of left leg: white/red/white and right: red/green.
Did he ever pick the most inopportune moment to drop in…
The pair did in fact return yesterday – in fact, just as Brooke reached dry ground, they flew in. A number of folks have asked if a re-nest is possible and it’s early enough in the season that they is a possibility. Time will tell…