The timing of their departure from Chass seems to be tied in to when the wild flock of whoopers normally leave Aransas. Now we expect this will be true of the juveniles wintering at St. Marks NWR, but we don’t know for sure. We will certainly be watching them, very curious to find out when they leave!
In future years these birds will be older and leave Florida earlier. Some of them will leave early with sandhills. Others will leave earlier to get back to their established territories at Necedah NWR, the summer nesting grounds.
Something I don’t fully understand: why don't the younger, unpaired, non-breeding birds wait longer before heading back? Some things about these birds are a mystery — and will probably always remain a mystery!
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