|DATE: Nov 15, 2012 – Entry 2||MIGRATION DAY 49|
|FLOWN TODAY: 58 miles||ACCUMULATED: 804 miles|
|LOCATION: Chilton County, AL||REPORTER: Brooke Pennypacker|
A thick overcast hung over the pensite as I began an aerial pick up. Two birds blasted out of the pen and headed skyward, while the other three hung back, seemingly undecided about their future. After circling and watching the two fliers head off to the east, I left them for Richard to pick them up while I went back in and landed at the pen for another try.
As I came to a stop I could see the birds were unsure about what was expected of them. They were staring at the handlers while I waved and shook my puppet trying to get their attention. Finally the light went on, they came out of the pen, and off we went into the air.
Aviator Joey Sanders from the Walker County airport with a local reporter onboard flew top cover above us scouting ahead to radio back with a winds aloft report. The ground ahead of us was covered with a thick fog and Joey routed us around it so we could safely continue our flight. That put Richard up front with two birds and me behind with three as we both searched for a tailwind that was never to be.
The birds enjoyed the flight, switching from wing to wing, flying ahead, dropping below, and dancing the skies with a great sense of jubilation.
Before we knew it we were descending to our next stop and the warm welcome that waited for us there from our Chilton County stopover host. It wasn’t long before we had the birds in the pen and the day’s migration leg was over. Then, we all headed off to perform the many duties that will fill the balance of the day.