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.
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!