The “Royal Couple” Hath Returned!

Craniac Rich Smith sent along the following photo yesterday, confirming the presence of Whooping crane pair dubbed the Royal Couple near White River Marsh in Green Lake County, Wisconsin on Friday afternoon.

Cranes 4-12 (M) and 3-14 (F) spent the winter in south Georgia but apparently left in mid-March to begin heading north. 

Welcome home!

The Royal Couple consists of female 3-14 (left) and male 4-12. Photo: Rich Smith

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  1. Vanessa Dargain April 15, 2018 11:25 pm

    They are beautiful . Thanks for the upload .

  2. Carol Berglund April 3, 2018 12:48 pm

    Thank you for letting us know and for the great photo!

  3. PattiLat April 2, 2018 2:12 pm

    Thanks Heather for the good news.

  4. Calistus Holland April 2, 2018 12:09 pm

    Heather will the nesting site be monitored this year if they do so?


  5. Calistus Holland April 2, 2018 11:31 am

    Heather will the crane cam be viewing thier nest this year if they do so?


  6. Grandma April 2, 2018 10:34 am

    Happy they are back!!

  7. Barbara April 2, 2018 9:15 am

    Another successful migration for the Royal Couple completed!!! Lets hope the next phase in their lives will produce a Prince or Princess, or maybe both. Yeah for life! Oh, over the years, have they used the same routes going North or South?

    • Heather Ray April 2, 2018 10:12 am

      Neither has a remote tracking device so there is no way of knowing their route.

  8. Elsie Sealander April 2, 2018 7:37 am

    Yes, welcome home.