Wisconsin DNR’s Bev Paulan was able to get a flight Thursday and found 9 whooping crane chicks including:
W3-17 with 42-09 & 24-09
W7-17 with 14-08 & 24-08
W11-17 with W1-06 & 1-10
W12-17 with 9-05 & 13-03
W13-17 with 29-09 & 12-03
W14-17 with 9-03 & 3-04
W15-17 with 20-14 & 37-07
W16-17 & W17-17 with 2-04 & 25-09 (photo)
We’ve received a number of inquiries about the nest belonging to what seems to be two female whooping cranes. Numbers 28-05 and 2-15 constructed a nest, which Bev discovered during one of her aerial surveys in late April.
Brooke ventured out to the nest last week and discovered no eggs or egg fragments so it seems these two were perhaps just practicing. Each time Bev flew over there was a bird on the nest so she was never able to see any eggs either.
The jury is still out whether one of them is in fact a male. Others have viewed the video clip Brooke captured and while opinions are plentiful they are not consistent.