Looks Promising…

Brooke and I went to check the Costume-Reared chicks at daybreak yesterday and at 6:58 all seven arrived at their favorite field. At 7:01, adult cranes 5-12 (Henry) and 30-16 put in an appearance.

Seven Costume-Reared Whooping crane colts and two adult cranes forage in a nearby field. (click to enlarge)

We watched awhile then headed down to look for 28-17, Joe’s elusive Parent-Reared chick, while he babysat the group of seven. They are too close to a busy road for my liking and need a crossing guard.

We did not find 28-17 and after an hour of riding around and listening to static we headed back to White River Marsh.

Joe and Brooke went to the pensite to start the generator, while I nestled down to watch the nine large white birds in the field.

I no sooner got comfy when all of them took off to the west. Henry and 30-16 broke a bit to the north. Then they swerved to the south and climbed higher with the chicks before breaking off again.

At this point they were getting close to the pen and I was hoping Joe and Brooke were looking up. There was no way I was taking my eyes off this show to call one of them! Just then the two adults came back to the chicks and they all circled higher and to the south. The adults called and the chicks peeped.

They landed in a wetland on the other side of the river.

Brooke called a few minutes later to ask if I had seen it, he said they were right over him and Joe!

It was beautiful and impressive and could not help but fill us with hope that Henry will take them south in a few weeks. I am not willing to bet the farm yet but it’s looking possible!

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  1. Carol Giancola October 18, 2017 8:22 am

    I always knew that Henry had a special calling!

  2. Dorothy N October 12, 2017 1:45 pm

    (Insert smiling emoji here)!

  3. Bobbie (piscesbobbie) October 11, 2017 8:41 pm

    Go Henry! You are my hero! I’m sending good thoughts that Henry with his Buddy 30-16 and the ‘kids’ stay together.

  4. Jean aka CrabtowneMd October 11, 2017 7:05 pm

    What an awesome experience. May Uncle Henry and 30-16 keep the magnificent seven on course and take them to St Marks safely.

  5. Maggie October 11, 2017 3:23 pm

    Henry, we are all hoping that you will be the “hero” of this short story. We certainly hope and pray that you will take the cohort safely south and back again north next Spring. Fly fly away soon.

  6. Glenda October 11, 2017 3:02 pm

    Love these good stories, makes everyones heart sing!

  7. Richard P. Chase October 11, 2017 11:30 am

    Sounds like good news too me but won’t you miss laying around in a field with the mosquitos and flies?

  8. Anna M Osborn October 11, 2017 10:54 am

    Always cherish these good news messages.

  9. Barb October 11, 2017 10:22 am

    What a sight to behold!!! Must of left you breathless. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Kay Huey October 11, 2017 9:09 am

    Oh I dearly hope that Henry is willing to be a stand-in for the trike and patiently take the lead southward.