and Bev do bedtime round up at St. Marks.
the chicks made their first interactive 'Whooping calls'
and it was impressive! The birds are busy being "teenagers"
and they're lucky to have understanding "parents." Even when
they are all fired-up and rambunctious, Bev can usually calm
and get them to rest in the oyster bed area of their pen
it's roost time at night. But, probably like YOU do, sometimes
they just don't want to go to bed.
and Swamp Monster have mischief stories this week. The stories
first appeared in Bev and Brooke's field journal entries on
Migration Web site.
Bedtime Hassle: Listening for the "Harley
Leg" >> |
Monster's Bedtime Story
and Bev are winter
monitors for the 7 young cranes in the flock's first year at the
release site at St. Marks NWR in Florida: #829,
"The Chass birds have been released for 3 weeks
now," writes Sara. "The first week was great and the
third week was great, but the second week was not! It's because
several nights of higher water than the birds had ever experienced
and their reaction was to fly out of the pen at roost time (bedtime).
unfortunately the places where they landed and wanted to roost
were not suitab
or safe for roosting. We had to get the birds back
in the pen — and that made for some long nights! Luckily
every morning the birds were once again really cute and responsive
the costume (us), so all was forgiven and now a distant
birds are definitely changing. Every day they look whiter. They're
also getting their red patches [on the head] and adult voices. Chick
#814 arrived with an adult voice and #803 and 804 were starting
to change. Now #818 and 824 have their adult voices. We're just
waiting on #819 and 827. When the birds see something or when one
takes off and the rest of them call, we hear a funny mix of chick
peeping, adult alarm calls, and some croaking, cracking, in-between
change just in the last few days is that #814 has become a social
outcast. He is getting chased
and picked on by the other birds. . .
It's really sad to see, and when we're out there we try to defend
him but we have to be careful that the extra attention we direct
towards him doesn't then attract the other birds towards him —
resulting in more chasing and attacking. Last night as the birds
were settling down to roost #814 walked around to the back shore
of the pen. Then, for at least 5 minutes, he jumped and danced
by himself. . .
I was glad that he'd gone to the back side of the pen away from
the other birds, because his activity would have surely caused
to start picking on him. He's always been a bird who jumps and
dances around a lot so I was glad to see him still doing this,
glad he had the sense to do this away from the other birds."
you see all 7? (Click)
and tracker Eva
are winter monitors for the 7 young cranes at the flock's winter
release site at Chassahowitzka NWR in Florida: 803,
Photo Sara Zimorski
the red on his head, crane #804 is looking more like an adult.
#803 and 818 have some red on their head and #819 just has the
tiniest bit of red, while #814, 824, & 827 don't have any