"As for the birds at the Chass pen, they are all doing great!"
reports Eva. "Their individual personalities are finally
starting to show through enough to distinguish who they
bio pages to see my latest comments and photos of the Chass
Five: #3-10, 9-10, 15-10, 16-10 and 17-10. (You
will find out which one is the troublemaker!) The
voices of all the chicks except #9 changing to their adult
is not on their minds yet, but I have a prediction about the “Wood
County Family” of
wild-hatched chick W3-10 and her parents (#212 and #419). Now
on their wintering grounds in Pasco County, Florida, they will
probably be migrating back north in the next couple weeks or
so. Maybe they’ll turn up at the Chass pen site
before they leave for good, as they have in the past!
tracking field Manager Eva is
with the Chass Five this winter. She will track them back to
What has #3-10 found?
Photo Eva Szyszkoski. ICF
#925 and #929 have been allowed to hang out with the St. Marks five (#1-10, 5-10,
8-10, and 10-10). Bev, who is visiting Brooke there, writes: "Before being
St. Marks, #925 and #929 were part of
cohort that had been together since the summer. But since being here, they have
become a pair. It might not be lasting,
due to their young age,
they are definitely a pair.
evening they enforce that bond by bowing and dancing. Five sets of youthful
gaze curiously upon the dancing. They soon caught on! Now
the ungainly, but increasingly graceful chicks join in every evening's dance.
"But as the pair bond increased, the pair's sense of territory also increased.
#925 and #929 think of the night pen as theirs. Now they are not quite
as tolerant of the
chicks. Fortunately, the young males are larger than either
of the yearlings and still can intimidate them. Our
little girls are not quite so lucky. The adults have taken turns chasing
females around and out of the pen. And Brooke and I have taken turns chasing
the adults around
and out of the pen!
"Why do we still let the yearling pair stay? The chicks, at
the males, are bonded enough that if we permanently displaced the adults,
they would in all likelihood, follow. Chick #1-10 showed us that! Letting
them all stay ensures a safe, but not
necessarily, peaceful, environment."
Migration's Brooke Pennypacker
leads the winter team that is monitoring the five
young cranes at St. Marks NWR.
St. Marks crane cam to visit the wintering crane-kids! (NOTE:
The feed is not a streaming, continuous feed. Instead, the image
every few seconds. It is best viewed with Firefox,
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