Wild Whoopers

Whooping crane colt #W3-18 hatched this spring to parents 24-09 and 42-09. Local area resident Ron Johnson submitted a public sighting report yesterday and allowed us to share the following image.

Clearly this young crane knows how to hunt for food on its own! He/she should be fledging very soon if its not already capable of flight.

W3-18 captured a snake or salamander. Either is a great source of protein. Photo: Ron Johnson

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  1. Cheryl Murphy August 10, 2018 8:01 pm

    Way to go! Grow into a beautiful adult crane!

  2. Ron Johnson August 9, 2018 7:42 pm

    Little guy is not flying yet but trying!

    • Heather Ray August 10, 2018 6:39 am

      Thanks Ron! We’ll keep our primaries crossed until he fledges!

  3. JP aka CrabtowneMd August 9, 2018 2:26 pm

    Awesome news and sweet photo. TY Ron J for sharing your joy.

  4. Sandia Kosmo August 8, 2018 11:02 am

    So good to see the little colt hunting on its own.