This young crane wasn’t remarkable as a youngster. She didn’t stand out for any reason other than her beauty. She was calm. She followed the aircraft and the costumes well. She returned north in the spring of 2016 and again this past spring season.
She’s always been a bit of a loner and hasn’t associated with any other whooping cranes post release but that’s not unusual given her age. In another year, once those hormones kick in, she’ll be more interested in other whooping cranes.
Last summer she spent months at one location in Winnebago County, WI., barely venturing out more than a mile. In the late fall she flew south to Sumter County, Alabama and again, barely moved over the entire winter season.
She returned north this spring and has stopped in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. Each week Doug Pellerin has tried to get a visual on her instead of just listening for the beeps from her transmitter.
She has a GSM remote tracking device as well as her VHF radio, so I can see that she is indeed moving back and forth from a foraging field to a small wetland where she roots, but it always gives peace of mind to actually get eyeballs on a crane.
We last week persistence and patience paid off! In the pouring rain there she stood – glowing white.
Here are a couple of photos Doug captured for you.