Colleen reports that the seven young whoopers in the costume-reared cohort are doing well. Each received a temporary snap-on VHF transmitter last Friday so that if they decide to wander off or land out in the marsh, they’ll be easier to find by following the beeps from the handheld receiver.
As is usually the case, they are very curious about this new foreign piece of plastic and its antenna and are rather preoccupied pecking and probing at it and even limping when they walk.
The daily outings continue and the birds are gaining more and more independence. After leading them to a small pond north of their enclosure, Brooke and Colleen hide out of sight and allow them to explore on their own. Saturday and Sunday’s excursions each lasted over 3 hours.
Getting them back into the pen is a bit more difficult now that they’ve discovered the raspberry patch at the north end of the runway.
Last Thursday morning our camera apparently sustained a lightning strike, which fried the power inverter inside the camera trailer. I ordered a replacement last night and Brooke will be able to swap out the new for the fried once it arrives later this week.