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Bird Bio's - Class of '06

The Whooping cranes are numbered according to the order in which they hatched at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.  The first digit indicates the year in which they hatched, and the last two digits indicates the order in which they hatched. 

Example: Crane #601 is the first hatch of 2006. Crane #604 was the fourth chick hatched in the year 2006.

ID#
Chick Photo
Personality Characteristics/Field Notes

601

  • Male
  • Hatched May 5th
  • Origin: ICF
  • Has been a good little bird
  • Was submissive as a little chick and still is
  • Has always followed the costume and the trike very well
602
  • Female
  • Hatched May 6th
  • Origin: Necedah 213/218
  • First egg to hatch from our 2002 pair in Necedah
  • Has been one of our most aggressive birds since the start but is getting better
  • Grew very rapidly and was a very large chick compared to the others
  • Has always followed the trike and costume well
  • Always has liked the water and jumps right into to bathe and forage

604

  • Female
  • Hatched May 8th
  • Origin: Calgary
  • A pain in the butt
  • Another very aggressive bird that we had a lot of trouble with
  • Also easily distracted by many things including anything metal in or around its pen
  • Did not follow the trike or the costume well as a young bird and would often run away
605
  • Female
  • Hatched May 9th
  • Origin: PWRC
  • This was a cute little bird that didn’t care about anything going on around it
  • Followed the costume well and was in a group with #1 and 3 as our first trio
  • Did not always train well because it was distracted
606
  • Male
  • Hatched May 11th
  • Origin: PWRC
  • Another pain in the butt aggressive bird
  • This bird a very bad bully for a long time
  • It did not follow the costume well when on walks but did well with training
607
  • Male
  • Hatched May 13th
  • Origin: ICF
  • A funny little bird that ran around like crazy
  • Could be very nervous for no apparent reason
  • Was in a group with #10
  • Followed the costume and trike well and usually screamed all the time
  • Got hot easily but did not like the water as a young chick
608
  • Female
  • Hatched May 13th
  • Origin: PWRC
  • Another aggressive bird
  • Calmed down before some of the others and was able to be grouped with #7 and 10 for a time
  • Liked the water a lot
  • Was a smaller bird but would still start fights with birds larger than her
610
  • Male
  • Hatched May 14th
  • Origin: PWRC
  • Crazed, distracted, foraging, pain in the butt bird
  • This bird would just wander around and eat junk off the ground instead of follow the costume or trike
  • Compulsive clover flower eater
611
  • Female
  • Hatched May 18th
  • Origin: Audubon
  • Picks at the costume constantly
  • A cute little bird that follows the trike and costume well
612
  • Male
  • Hatched May 18th
  • Origin: ICF
  • Larger and slightly aggressive in this cohort
  • Was submissive to #15 which is probably why #12’s aggression was more apparent
  • Not that aggressive though and follows well
613
  • Female
  • Hatched May 19th
  • Origin: ICF
  • A crazy bird that runs all over the place (really most of Cohort Two is like this)
  • Otherwise a great little bird that follows the trike and costume well enough
614
  • Male
  • Hatched May 10th
  • Origin: Calgary
  • A good little bird that follows the trike and costume pretty well
615
  • Male
  • Hatched May 21st
  • Origin: PWRC
  • The dominant bird in the group for a time and may still be
  • Follows the trike and costume pretty well
618
  • Male
  • Hatched May 27th
  • Origin: Calgary
  • Aggressive
  • This bird was tried with #19 and #20 but beat the crap out of them
  • Follows the trike and costume well enough
619
  • Female
  • Hatched May 28th
  • Origin: Calgary
  • A good little bird that is in a group with #20
  • These two play little dominance games all the time but it is rarely violent
  • Follows the trike and costume well
620
  • Female
  • Hatched May 28th
  • Origin: Calgary
  • A good little bird in a group with #19
  • These two play dominance games all the time but this bird is probably in charge
  • Fights with the other chicks through the fence
  • Follows well
622
  • Male
  • Hatched May 31st
  • Origin: Calgary
  • A highly aggressive pain in the butt that fights with everything that moves
  • Follows the costume well once you get it away from other birds but does not follow the trike well
  • Will even fight with the plastic crane decoys that we have set up
623
  • Female
  • Hatched May 31st
  • Origin: PWRC
  • Fights with everything that moves
  • Follows the trike well now but was a huge pain to get to calm down
  • Was very scared of the trike initially because of being in the other building



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