Here’s Johnny!

Occasionally, while driving through White River Marsh area we come across some old friends.

Over the weekend, I spied #30-16 (Johnny) – one of the first Parent-reared Whooping cranes released in this area. He was foraging in a wetland where one of our Sandhill crane study nests is located. In fact, as Joe approached the nest area to erect a trail camera, the incubating crane very nonchalantly walked over to where Johnny was foraging and began searching for tasty treats just in front of him.

Whooping crane #30-16 and two Sandhills. Photo: H. Ray

Once Joe was finished, the two Sandhills headed back to the nest, while Johnny took off. It was incredible to watch him lazily circle the marsh and catch a thermal. With each circuit, he climbed higher and higher till her was a mere white dot way up high in the sky.

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  1. Libby May 16, 2018 7:38 am

    Sweet! I’m hoping OM will help identify the WBs we’ve asked about. One may be 707 with a new mate?

    • Heather Ray May 16, 2018 8:10 am

      Libby, can you send legband info?