Henry & Patty

We haven’t seen 4-12 and 3-14 since late last week but Henry and Patty (5-12 & 67-15) are now regulars at the harvested cornfield and they take great delight in affirming ownership of their foraging field against any and all interlopers.

I observed them yesterday morning for less than 10 minutes and watched them chase off Canada geese, Sandhill cranes, and even pigeons.

Female Whooping crane #67-15 was the aggressor this morning. Here, she is keeping the Sandhills at bay while male 5-12 picks up waste corn. Photo: H. Ray

Patty had Canada geese in her sights. Photo: H. Ray

A small flock of pigeons sneak in from a nearby barn for a snack. Photo: H. Ray

Henry (5-12) on the left and his mate Patty (67-15) on the right. Photo: H. Ray

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  1. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd September 25, 2018 8:05 pm

    Love the photos and hearing that Patty and Henry have claimed this as their field.

  2. Jean P. aka CrabtowneMd September 25, 2018 8:02 pm

    Love hearing and seeing that Henry and Patty consider that foraging field theirs. I am so glad I got to meet the OM team at last season’s Crane Fest. Your reports will be greatly missed.

  3. Barb September 25, 2018 4:07 pm

    Such a lovely way to watch our Whoopers get on with their lives. These pictures of all their lives will be missed so much. Once again, I’m in tears writing this note.

  4. Dorothy N September 25, 2018 10:08 am

    Go Patty!!! I am going to miss these reports and stories SO-O-O-O much when you are gone.