Madison County, FL

It has been driving me nuts that we have not yet been able to get eyes on the two Madison County Whooping Cranes. I hear beeps galore, but I wanted to see cranes and see if the two of them are together, or are they just in the same place at the same time.

Last Wednesday morning I headed to Madison County, ready to hang out till they flew to a favorite AG field to forage. The only chance of a visual.

I got to the swamp and only got beeps for #36-17, I hurried north to check the AG field and sure enough, #71-16’s transmitter beeped loud and clear!

I introduced myself to the landowner and explained what I was looking for. I held my breath waiting for her reaction.

One time, a lady gave me permission to go on her property. When Brooke went back to the van to get something, she was sitting in her truck, so he went to say hi and thank her. She had a gun on the seat by her and kept her hand near it. Gulp!

This lovely lady was not in that category. She said “let me get the camera and we’ll go out in the Gator!”

She hugged the perimeter of the field and stopped well back. There was our bird, #71-16 with at least 100 Sandhill’s. All waiting patiently for the deer feeder to spray out breakfast!

We watched a while then headed back to her house. The birds picked a beautiful place. It’s private and they will be safe when they visit here. The landowners are wonderful. Perfect scenario!

She was kind enough to send these pictures and will send more if she can.

That’s 71-16 way over there waiting patiently for the deer feeder to fling some corn.

Dancing with sandhills.

Zoomed and cropped. 71-16 sure stands out in a crowd.

Now we know these two birds may be near each other at times, but they are not best buddies, yet anyway. We also know 71-16 likes a free meal.

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  1. Mindy February 15, 2018 2:53 pm

    Too funny! Sandhills become a safe haven again for one of the Whoopers….Glad she has “learned the ropes” of the feeder….lol

  2. Barb February 12, 2018 7:10 pm

    A wonderfully kind land owner, for sure. Its nice to know that now that she knows that Whooping Cranes love her property, she will send pictures. Did you ever see 36-17? Do you think she comes for the free corn, too?

    • Heather Ray February 13, 2018 5:10 am

      36-17 uses the same field occasionally.

  3. Cheryl Murphy February 12, 2018 3:35 pm

    Wonderful all the way around!

  4. Ginny Eastwood February 12, 2018 1:47 pm

    so nice to see him,

  5. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd February 12, 2018 1:36 pm

    Thank you Colleen and kind Gator-driving landowner ! This news brightens a rather dreary day!

  6. Cheryl N. February 12, 2018 1:27 pm

    Thanks for the update! Smiling about the deer feeder!

  7. Kathleen February 12, 2018 11:04 am

    How thrilling for the landowner to find she has this special visitor.

  8. scifibird February 12, 2018 7:46 am

    Love “Dancing with Sandhills”