What are these chicks eating?

The team gave the chicks a few corn cobs to play with. See them? Marie tells about it: "We put the partially shucked cobs on the ground and watched the birds approach them, cautiously at first. In a matter of seconds the cobs were being tossed and picked over, corn sent flying from strong pecks. (You wouldn't believe how strong these chicks can peck until one pecks on your boot. It isn't long before a bruise appears.)

"After grabbing hold of one cob, something about it must have freaked out #601. He dropped the cob, jumped back and ran away from it as it if it had bit him! The other birds just started right in on the corn. Chicks #607 and #615 were companionably pecking away side-by-side until our resident bully, #622, came in to push them away. The next morning only a few corn husks and empty cobs remained."

Photo Marie Brady, Operation Migration


Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).