Two More Head South

On November 28th, costume-reared whooping cranes 4-17 and 6-17 were captured in the White River Marsh area and relocated to a spot along the Wisconsin River, which still had hundreds of Sandhill cranes.

The hope was that it would disrupt the social structure of the Costume-reared cohort and perhaps give the two cranes a chance to form a bond and migrate south with Sandhill cranes.

On Thursday, it seems they began heading south – at the time, winds were from the west-northwest and temps were starting to fall. ICF’s Hillary Thompson saw the two whoopers that morning, along with the Sandhills still in the area but by 10 am they were in the air!

Here’s a screengrab from late yesterday showing the pings from 6-17’s remote tracking device.

Two days worth of travel for 6-17 and 4-17. Source: Google Earth.

If you’re wondering just which birds are still in Wisconsin – there are still three costume-reared birds: #’s 1, 2 & 8-17 in Green Lake County and two parent-reared cranes: #’s 38 & 39-17, in Dodge County. Temps are still falling and winds will be out of the north today so keep your eyes to the skies and you’ll hopefully catch a glimpse if they decide to vacate the state today!

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  1. Catherine Wohlfeil December 9, 2017 11:11 pm

    Yahoo!!!!!! : )

  2. Cindy Birkner December 9, 2017 8:37 pm

    Saw 2 whoppers in Goose pond Indiana area today.

  3. Kay Huey December 9, 2017 9:08 am

    Good news. What a great way to start a Saturday!

  4. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd December 9, 2017 8:30 am

    Here’s hoping the 5 colts decide to catch a tailwind and head South; but then again, there’s snow in Houston and Port Aransas . Maybe they know more than we do. Joking aside; is there a plan to transport 1,2, & 8-17 if they don’t get their bustles moving in the next few weeks?

    • Heather Ray December 9, 2017 8:54 am

      A plan is in place.

  5. Cheryl Murphy December 9, 2017 8:25 am

    Let’s hope! Thanks for the update. Always very welcome!

  6. Di L WI December 9, 2017 7:35 am

    As always thank you for the updates.