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…