The Costume-Reared Whooping crane chicks are getting very little costume time now. Just when I release them, which has been less than a minute and at the end of the daily outing for about 5 minutes when they are led back inside the pen.
They are still easily led but this will change in the coming weeks and that is a good thing. As Brooke said in one of his posts we WANT empty nest syndrome! We want them to want to be out and on their own.
For now, they happily follow the costume back to the pen in the afternoon if they have not flown there on their own, and there is one thing I can count on when we wander back from the pond… Number 7-17 loves to walk with a “Prize”!
Sometimes it’s a tuft off grass, sometimes a stick and sometimes a Goldenrod Gall fly lump.
Whatever IT is, she walks with IT in her beak for most of the walk. I silently giggle as we head back. She is my favorite.