The Boys Are Back in Town!

On his regular Thursday tracking around White River Marsh and surrounding area yesterday, Doug Pellerin was thrilled when the two male Whooping cranes 5-12 & 30-16 flew right over his head. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get his camera out fast enough but radio signals confirmed their identity as the two birds who left St. Marks NWR on March 23rd.

Doug resumed his tracking and determined the two cranes had landed in Henry’s Pond – a small wet area, which was quite popular last year with the costume-reared cohort and others.

Later in the afternoon the signal for 30-16 indicated he was in another favorite spot along the Fox River, while Henry (5-12) was back at his favorite field along Mile Rd.

Welcome back boys! And thanks for the photos Doug!

Whooping crane 5-12 camouflages quite well with the fresh snow. Photo: Doug Pellerin

Henry alarm calling with some Sandhill cousins. Photo: Doug Pellerin

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  1. Dorothy N April 8, 2018 11:28 pm

    Terrific Photos!! The one with the sandhills and Henry is absolutely stunning! THank you so much, Doug!!!

  2. Mollie Cook April 7, 2018 9:14 pm

    So exciting to see them back at WRM. Any plans yet for the cam to be up at the pensite?

  3. Mindy April 7, 2018 8:57 pm

    So glad these two made it back safely and thank you so much Doug for getting these great pics! Maybe another youngun will migrate with 5-12 and 30-16 this year…..What a good teacher he is…..

  4. Rev. Sandee D. Kosmo (Sandia Kosmo, pen name) April 7, 2018 4:57 pm

    Great photos. Welcome home, whoopers. Love the snow blending by Henry.

  5. Grandma April 7, 2018 12:11 pm

    So happy to see the Whoopers returning. Hopefully the rest will soon join them. It has been a long winter!

  6. Barbara April 6, 2018 7:18 pm

    When I read such a delightful story, it becomes even clearer how important it is not to change, destroy or alter areas that migrating birds uses year after year. Our two boys would be terribly confused if their usual haunts were destroyed. Thanks for the update.

  7. Jane Maher April 6, 2018 2:06 pm

    What great news! I hope there are some tiny insects on top of that snow!

  8. Maggie Turk April 6, 2018 12:48 pm

    Thanks again Mr. Pellerin for sharing. It is always special to see your professional photography.

  9. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd April 6, 2018 12:38 pm

    Whoop, whoop HooRay ! Henry already checking out his favorite corn picking field. Love the photos Doug. Many thanks for sharing the good news.

  10. Sally Swanson April 6, 2018 12:02 pm

    Whoop! Whoop! This snow is cold! Thanks, Doug! I look forward to seeing your posts every day!


  11. Di Lowe April 6, 2018 12:00 pm

    So exciting! Yahoooooo Thanks for the updates!!! 🙂