Henry is Courting!

It seems #5-12 (aka Henry) has a lady friend!

Last week we told you Bev and Brooke spotted 7 Whooping cranes in and around White River Marsh during a very brief trip. The list of 7 included 67-15, who at that time, appeared to be associating with #4-14 (aka Peanut).

It seems that has changed in the past few days and this lovely 3 year old female Whooping crane has captured the attention of 6 year old male Whooper #5-12!

While she is only 3 years old, we have seen whoopers that age breed so as you can well imagine, we’re pretty excited about this possible new pair at the marsh.

Here are a couple photos I captured of them yesterday in the snow.

#5-12/Henry on the right, and his new friend #67-15 are barely visible in the fresh snow, which fell over the weekend. Photo: H. Ray

Many birds in the area are foraging on the roads because the heavy snow has covered all the grassy areas. Photo: H. Ray

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  1. Cheryl N. April 22, 2018 8:44 am

    Thank you for the update, Heather. I loved the photos. Fingers crossed for Henry and his young lady.

  2. Bobbie (piscesbobbie) April 22, 2018 2:22 am

    Yay Henry! I have a ‘moppet’ of Henry from the silent auction. I have him at work to send good thoughts his way. Hope this relationship works out for him!

  3. Sue Cool April 20, 2018 9:17 pm

    Where is Johnny?

    • Heather Ray April 21, 2018 1:38 pm

      He is also at White River marsh

  4. Sue Cool April 20, 2018 9:13 pm


  5. Carol G April 19, 2018 6:45 pm

    Great news for handsome Henry!! I wish them the best.

  6. Vanessa Dargain April 19, 2018 9:09 am

    Long life to the two of them . Nice photo .


  7. Mindy April 18, 2018 11:37 pm

    3-14 of the Royal Couple was also 3 years old when she sucessfully nested so maybe…..5-12…finally has girl again and could become proud Papa….hope it works out!

  8. Dorothy N April 18, 2018 5:33 pm

    Thank you for the excellent photos. I keep hoping that someone photo-shops pedestrian crosswalk strips on the road so the whooper parade of 2 can cross safely.

    PS. Smart of Henry to select an older woman!!

    • Heather Ray April 18, 2018 5:51 pm

      She’s actually younger than he. She is 3, whereas he is 6 years of age.

      • Dorothy N April 18, 2018 11:47 pm

        I need a remedial math class!!

        • Heather Ray April 19, 2018 7:36 am


  9. Doug Pellerin April 18, 2018 12:12 pm

    Such good news. YAY, 5-12

  10. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd April 18, 2018 8:12 am

    That is absolutely AWESOME news. Love that snowy photo, but wish the snow would go away and let Spring spring up so the birds can forage and find nesting material.

  11. Cheryl Murphy April 18, 2018 7:33 am

    Wonderful! Thanks you for that news and the pic. Go away snow!