Patuxent Update

As of Monday morning we have seven Parent Reared chicks on the ground. Saturday afternoon I got to go out with Robert Doyle and Charlie Shafer to check a little guy that had hatched earlier in the day!

It is so cool to see adults act like Velociraptors! These birds are intent on protecting their little fluff ball, so Robert and Charlie held the adults back while I picked up the chick. Robert and Charlie can’t watch what I am doing so I was instructed to yell “got him” when I picked the chick up and “out” when I was at the door.

He is a tiny guy but they were really happy with his weight gain.

The adult whooping crane parents vocalizing their displeasure at our intention to go into their pen. See the tiny chick behind the feeder?

Tiny whooping crane chick #24-17 being held by Colleen.

Mom checking out her young chick after it was returned to the enclosure.

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  1. Marilyn May 26, 2017 11:26 am

    awwww… I’m in love. <3

  2. Sue McCurdy May 24, 2017 12:14 pm

    Y’all have all the fun!

  3. May 24, 2017 11:44 am

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Mindy May 24, 2017 11:07 am

    Great report Joe! Love the pics….Does this pair have another egg?

  5. Dorothy N May 24, 2017 12:24 am

    I love the close-up of the tiny chick. And the protesting parents shot really captures the moment. Thank you for a great post!!!

  6. Catherine Wohlfeil May 23, 2017 9:50 pm

    Oh!!!! So adorable!!!!!

  7. Peter Smith May 23, 2017 8:34 pm

    Thrilling photos and report. This is incredible to foster this young life to become a big white whooping crane. GREAT job OM!

  8. Marje Lloyd May 23, 2017 2:29 pm

    Awww how cute, thanks coll

  9. Cheryl N. May 23, 2017 2:04 pm

    Thanks for the report and super pictures!!!

  10. Susanne Shrader May 23, 2017 12:01 pm

    So cute. You call it a he, but it could be a girl couldn’t it?

    • Heather Ray May 23, 2017 1:52 pm

      It could indeed be a she 🙂

  11. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd May 23, 2017 10:17 am

    What a totally AWESOME report—- my heart went pit-a-pat when I saw the close-up of the chick in Colleen’s hands. Are there more eggs to hatch? Have any decisions been made about sending colts to WRM this summer? Thank you for all the info and everything you do to help these amazing cranes. <3

  12. Dora Giles May 23, 2017 8:25 am

    What a beautiful sight and how lucky you are to be able to hold this precious little one in your hands. Thank you for all you do for the whoopers.


  13. Richard P. Chase May 23, 2017 7:28 am

    When I first saw the link I had some bad thoughts about what the report would be.

    So very happy after reading the report and seeing that she actually got to hold the little one. (I’m sure that she was probably not breathing the whole time she was holding it!) 😉