Found a Peanut, Found a Peanut…

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!

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  1. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd May 3, 2018 9:43 am

    What intrigue ! Love the photo— may Peanut continue to teach 7-17 the ways of WRM and be so occupied he doesn’t distract nesting Whoopers.

  2. Sue McCurdy May 2, 2018 11:11 pm

    Loved this.

  3. Sally Swanson May 2, 2018 9:16 pm

    A title for our soap opera: “As the Whooping Crane Flies”


  4. Susanne Shrader May 2, 2018 8:49 pm

    The young girls should stay together until they are mature enough to meet the boys.

  5. kat May 2, 2018 6:05 pm

    Such joy to see them.