just came back from watching 3 whoopers feeding in a stubble
field," came the exciting news from Brian Johns
on April 16. "We saw the birds 47 km northeast of the Canadian
Wildlife Service office in Saskatoon. The birds were first seen
in the area yesterday afternoon.
when 3 birds are together in spring migration it is a family
group; however, this group appeared to be a pair plus a subadult
bird over 1 year of age. I could not see any dark feathers
on the third bird. It looked just like the other 2 adults.
birds being in south-central Saskatchewan on April 15, I suspect
that the first birds to arrive in Wood Buffalo National Park
will be there early next week! They now must cross the boreal
forested areas of northern Saskatchewan and Alberta before
settling back onto their summer home in the northeastern corner
of Wood Buffalo National Park. The park is just west of the
town of Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.
was pretty excited to see the cranes again. It has been five
months. I'll bring you the news from this end of the migration!
Canadian Wildlife Service
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada