This morning, while on my way to attend a Whooping Crane Festival meeting (SAVE THE DATE! Sept 7 – 9), I turned to head through the quaint downtown area of Princeton, which follows the Fox River a bit.
As soon as I turned and looked out over the river I noticed two Whooping cranes in the distance so I pulled over to get a photo.
Zooming in on the display, I made out #4-14’s White/Red/White left leg. Peanut hasn’t been seen since February 25th in Kentucky so It’s always nice to confirm another crane has returned to the area.
I was a bit surprised, however, to see how he was with! Taking a closer look at the legbands, it’s yearling #7-17! Which begs the question, “Where is #3-17”? These two wintered together at Wheeler NWR near Decatur, Alabama and have been confirmed together since returning to Wisconsin.
Brooke and Colleen ventured out to try to get a signal on #3-17 and found her about 15 miles away in Marquette County, and fairly close to 3 year old female #27-14.
It’s like a soap opera out there!