Yesterday evening I received an email from Mary Yandell with details of a sighting made by Cyndi and Steve Rutledge.
Mary and Cyndi are co-editors of the Eastern Crane Bulletin, a fine newsletter produced by KY Coalition for Sandhill Cranes.
It seems Cyndi and Steve were birding in Christian County, Kentucky when two Whooping cranes dropped in to roost for the night.
Mary was able to relay legbands to me, which determined the two are parent-reared Whooping cranes, #’s 19-17 & 25-17.
These two young males followed female cranes 2-15 & 28-05 south last fall and spent the entire winter in northeast Alabama.
They were among the first cranes to leave Wisconsin last fall and this spring, they’re among the last to return.