St. Marks NWR, Florida: Eight of
the St. Marks ten took off March 24th on their first journey north!
They flew 263 miles
on Day 1 of their first journey north!
Their roost stop was one of the stopovers for the ultralights and birds on the
way down to Florida. (What does that tell you?)
Kittendorf from the St. Marks Photo Club emailed
Migration, as he was watching on the
closed circuit camera at the time: " Shortly before 10 am
they started getting very noisy. After a while, they would quiet
down again. Then repeated a couple of times. Around 11 am all 10
took flight and began circling. They were soon so high they could barely be seen.
After about 15 minutes, two returned to the pen. The other eight could no longer
be seen." Visit
a surprise! The departure is a bit early and the birds had not
typical pre-migratory restlessness. Also, the team expected
this group of birds would
make the journey north all together since they
had been such a cohesive group all winter.
Last year (2009) the St. Marks birds left March 30th.
NWR, Florida: Eva
predicted the Chass Nine would leave within a day or two as
the weather forecast
conditions. Matt reminds us that the chicks are too young for breeding
so not in a rush to get home and claim territories. Stay tuned!
Flock Status: Crane
42-09 DAR was
first in the class of 2009 to depart. On March 12, the first
Whooping Crane of the season (male #211)
back in Wisconsin as he flew
over ICF! At least
10 Whooping Cranes are back in Wisconsin. More than 69 cranes were
either in migration or known to have begun migration. The
size of the Eastern Migratory Population (EMP) is 103 birds (58 males,
45 females). Sadly, we report two
recent deaths. Cranes #903 and #501 were
lost in Florida to bobcat predation.
Set. . .
Strausser, ICF tracker.