Characteristics: Average bird with no bad habits. Sara
says it is the MOST IMPROVED bird and seems to have recovered
from initial shyness. This is the bird that often stands outside
the pen while the others chase after the aircraft. Then it
seems to realize it can’t get back inside the pen so
it flies after them and joins the training.
First Migration South: Flew every mile!
History: Attained adult voice end of March 2004.
Spring 2004: Left Chassahowitzka together with the other 7 remaining
chicks on April 7 at 9:10 a.m. They flew until rain stopped them, landing in
Jefferson Cty., FL at 3:35 where they roosted that night. Took off April 8 in
the group of 8 but a thunderstorm separated the cranes. #304, 306 and 317 stayed
together, but flying southward. They landed in a north Florida wetland at 4:40
p.m. Cranes #304, 306 & 317 were detected inflight in northwestern Georgia
or northeastern Alabama in late afternoon April 10 and in central IL on April
16. On April 17, #304, 306 and 317
were airborne at
9:40 a.m. Flying for almost 11 hours and well after darkness fell, they landed
in southeast Minnesota, approximately 65 miles southwest of the Necedah NWR reintroduction
site. They stayed in that MN location until April 23 and
wandered until staying in LaCrosse County, WI. Crane #304
arrived at Necedah May 15, officially completing his migration.
Necedah NWR on Nov. 5 with #311 and flew to Kankakee Cty., IL.
Still together, 304 and 311 arrived late Nov. 10 in Washington
County, Georgia. On Nov. 18, they were found in Glynn
County, Georgia. Verified near McIntosh, Liberty County, GA on
November 24th. Next located on Dec. 18 during an aerial-radio search
in an area about 14 miles south of crane #317 in Colleton County,
SC. Remained there in a Wildlife Management area with #311. Spring
2005: Not at the roost site on March 30. May have begun
migration with #311. Cranes
#311 and #304 joined with chick #412 over Indiana on April 6th!
They were tracked into WI, where they were in Sauk County on April
7--migration complete. He
was on the refuge all summer, was seen quite frequently and acted
totally normal till he was found dead on
October 27, 2005,
with no outward trauma signs. A
necropsy is being performed at the National Wildlife Health Center
at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) to determine the cause