Found a Peanut, Found a Peanut…

Doug Pellerin found a Peanut last week… Whooper #4-14 that is. Along with his buddy 11-15.

The male duo had been hanging out south of Princeton, Wisconsin for much of the spring and early summer but they disappeared a few weeks ago. By sheer luck, Doug was on his was over for a Crane Festival event and he spotted two tiny white dots waaaaay out in a field in neighboring Fond du Lac County.

Luckily he has telemetry equipment with him and was able to hear the beeps from 11-15, whose VHF radio still works. Binoculars confirmed the legbands of the crane that was with him as those of #4-14 (Peanut), so it appears he’s likely been still in the area the entire time!

Here’s a photo of the two in flight yesterday…

Two Whooping cranes in flight over Fond du Lac County, WI. Photo: D. Pellerin


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  1. Sandee Kosmo September 11, 2017 2:14 pm

    That is such good news. We need all we can get for the whoopers.


  2. Dick Brooks September 11, 2017 12:07 pm

    beautiful photo

  3. lilbirdz September 11, 2017 11:12 am

    I remember how Peanut stole all our hearts, and I am so glad that he has a buddy for a traveling companion.

  4. Sue McCurdy September 11, 2017 8:14 am

    Yay Peanut and friend!