Characteristics: Probably the best flyer in the group but
stand-offish to handlers. Very watchful and alert. In the beginning,
stood away from the plane, but still paid very close attention
to the trainers and plane.
First Migration South: Flew every mile!
History: Spring 2004: Began first
migration north at 9:33 a.m. March 30, 2004 in a group of eight 2003
flock mates (301, 303, 305, 309, 312, 316, 318, 319). On April 9
the group separated south of Celina, Ohio. The group of five (301,
305, 309, 318, and 319) was stymied by being on an unfamiliar side
of Lake Michigan. (Again see Crane #301 for updates on this group,
which stayed in Michigan.)
Fall 2004: Began migration from
Mason County, Michigan on Nov. 7 with
#301, 309 and 318. Killed by a predator,
probably a bobcat, while roosting with 301, 309, and 318 on a mudflat
on the Cape Romain NWR in Charleston County, SC on the nights of
Nov. 12/13, 2004.
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