What a week! All five (#3-10, 9-10, 15-10, 16-10 and 17-10) of
the Class of 2010's Chass chicks are doing
great. Crane #3 has an incredibly large red patch already,
and barely any brown feathers at all! A
look at the "kids:"
Eating at the Feeders
#912, 924 and 41-09 (DAR) stopped at the pen on the evening
of March 18
and stayed until March 20. We don't know where
they wintered in Florida. They didn't cause any problems with
the chicks because when they tried to come into the pen, #827 (who
showed up Feb.
21) and the chicks chased them back
827's aggressiveness is drastically reduced. Sometimes he even
lets the chicks eat from the same feeders as he does.
tracking field Manager Eva is
with the Chass Five this winter. She will track them back to
order to cut down costume time with the birds and since it's
closing in on possible migration time, we decided to leave
the feeders down. We added one additional feeder separate
from the food shelter so that the chicks would be able to
#1-10 and #8-10 left St. Marks NWR and began their first northward migration
March 21, the first full day of spring! Brooke
said they left sometime between 10:30 and 4:45 pm. He had seen no behaviors
their intention to start migrating. They began
the journey north with yearling cranes #925 and #929, who had been at the
pen site with the chicks all winter. Meanwhile,
the remaining three (5-10, 6-10, and 10-10) are
flying more and flying farther, using feeders less and finding more food
in the marsh. They are ready for migration!
look at all five just a week ago to show how they've changed over the
past couple of months. Do you see that very
little of the rusty brown coloring remains on the youngsters? Now it's hard
to tell the five juveniles in the Class of 2010 from yearling cranes #925 and
who have been spending
the winter with them.
Joseph Bonislawsky, member of the St. Marks Photo Club. He airboated
out to the blind with Brooke Mar. 19-20 weekend and took these photos!
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:
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