Personality and History
as a Chick: While #620 was at Patuxent
WRC (before she came to Wisconsin for flight school at about 8 weeks
of age), her caretakers
She came to Wisconsin on July 20 with the cohort three birds (all of them still troublemakers). By August 15 she was flying the length of the runway in ground effect. Pilot Chris says #620 is by far the best bird of her group of the five youngest birds. August 19 she was flying well. She had even joined pilot Chris as he circled above the runway!
See a photo of #620 in a contest with #618 on September 1.
By mid-September, #620 (along with #618 and #622) was still among the three most aggressive chicks.
Dec. 18: #620 has flown like an expert for the whole migration until today! Four birds, including #620, dropped out on the way to the last stop before reaching their layover pen. She was captured and boxed to the Gilchrist County, FL. travel pen. She will fly the last leg of the journey with her flock (except for the still-missing #615) tomorrow!
Jan. 12, Moving Day: #620 only made it half way on the first moving day before she (and several others) had a rest stop, another takeoff and still landed short of the final stop by 10 miles. She and the other tired birds spent the night in a travel pen with a few others that had been crated and brought to join them. The next morning in calm air and clear skies, all 12 birds who hadn't made it on moving day #1 took off with Joe's plane. Their final flight with the ultralight lasted 18 charming minutes. They landed at their final winter home at "Chass," where six flockmates had arrived the day before. Migration finally complete!
Feb. 2, 2006: Crane 620 died when violent storms moved through central Florida during the night, killing all 17 chicks in the pen at Chass. Only #615 somehow managed to escape.
Last updated: 2/4/07
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