Bev Paulan was able to get a flight in Monday and reports finding only one nest. The nest belongs to 5-11 & 12-11 and is located in Juneau County.
By April 10th last year, there were 19 active nests so you can see how late everything is this year.
Bev is planning another flight tomorrow so it’ll be interesting to see if the nest count rises just 3 days later. The weather has been steadily warming up since the snow/ice storm, which hit the area a week and a half ago and the only evidence of the spring storm are the piles made by the snow plows.
Even the Royal Couple (4-12 & 3-14) have not yet begun nesting. We’ve seen them in the general area where last year’s nest was but they are not there all the time and Bev didn’t see them at all on Monday. Hopefully they’re building a nest over the last couple of days.
Sadly, Bev found the remains of Parent-Reared Whooping crane #30-17 in Lake County, Illinois. Regular readers will remember this young female crane was released in Winnebago County, WI last fall and was monitored by Jo-Anne Bellemer.
When she migrated south – she REALLY went south… She flew over a thousand miles to Plaquemines Parish on the Mississippi Delta area of Louisiana. Her remains were sent to the USGS National Wildlife Health Lab.
Here are a couple of photos Bev sent along…