I’m not sure how many times I’ve said that in the past week… Either on our CraneCam chat or in person to someone asking “Now that the Whooping cranes are really flying, what if they don’t come back”?
Understandable query. Up until a couple of weeks ago this group was only flying for 2 or 3 minutes but lately they’re up to almost 10 minutes. Earlier this week then disappeared for not quite 30! We can only assume they landed out in an ag field but… They always come back and come back they did… I believe Colleen likely aged another 10 years in those 30 minutes.
If you’re in the area and you’d like to see if you can catch them ‘on the wing’ – head to Mile Rd and County Rd. D, approximately 4 miles north of the town of Princeton. Please park on Mile Rd., off to the side.
Please also keep in mind these are birds, and as such fly where they want to and for how long so we cannot guarantee you’ll spot them but if you don’t try, we guarantee you won’t.
Barring any fog delays, they’re typically out for exercise between 7:30 – 8:00 am. Keep looking toward the field/trees to the east of the intersection of Mile/D for seven young whoopers!
Here are a couple of photos captured yesterday – you can see how much altitude they’re capable of now.