Wintering Whoopers – Already?

Wisconsin had its first snow flakes over the past weekend and it seems a couple of Whooping cranes took that as their cue to head south!

Volunteer tracker John Pohl spotted these two new arrivals in Knox County, Indiana and sent along the following photo to share with you.

This pair formed over the summer so it’s nice to see they traveled south together. They are female 12-03 (right) & male 12-05. Photo: John Pohl

Thanks so much John!

If you spot a Whooping crane, be sure to complete a report.

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  1. David Willig October 25, 2018 1:52 pm

    October 25, 2018
    Is it possible that I saw 10-12 whooping cranes flying to the SSW over southwest Houston yesterday? They were pretty low (about 50-100′) and about 1/2 block away (so an oblique view). Details: Westheimer at Gessner, 12 noon, loose “V” formation, could not make out wing tip color accurately due to angle and light. All were white no darker ones mixed in. All very large.


    • Heather Ray October 26, 2018 6:39 am

      More likely to be Pelicans but not entirely out of the question for Whoopers.

  2. Elsie Sealander October 23, 2018 5:01 pm

    Thanks John. It’s a very nice photo.

  3. Grandma October 23, 2018 11:25 am

    Thank you for sharing the photo of the travelers. Such majestic birds!