A number of you have been asking about the young Parent-Reared Whooping crane, which has yet to head south from Dodge County, Wisconsin.
Yes, she is still there and still being monitored. She appears to be gobbling up the corn at the bait pile, and now that the snow cover has (mostly) melted, she is finding waste grain in the nearby fields.
It’s not ideal that she is roosting on ice but she seems to be very vigilant and wary, which is probably why she has survived thus far.
We’re getting reports of small numbers of Sandhill cranes, which have also apparently decided to stick around for the winter in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Not ideal and it probably isn’t very comfortable but cranes are rather hardy creatures and as long as they can find food, they should be fine.