Personality and History
Migration Training: 714 was a feisty chick who tried to dominate much bigger birds. She is a sibling of 710, who was very sweet, but she constantly tried to peck 710. (Her other sibling in the Class of 2007 is #726.) She came to Wisconsin for flight school on June 19 in cohort one (the 8 oldest chicks). She became a quiet and serene girl among the 7 males in her group.
In flight school, she lagged behind with 712 and 113, but on July 24 she was right there with the older birds. "We should be flying short circuits with all 8 birds in the next week or so," predicted Chris.
By the end of August, most of 714's group of 8—all males except her—flew very well for more than 20 minutes. But 714 usually turned back early and landed at the pen. On Aug. 31, she finally stayed in the air for over 20 minutes with the others — a FIRST for her! The next day she dropped out early again. She was always at the back of the pack, but on September 15 she powered through the line of birds, flew over the top of the wing, pushed the lead bird back, and took over the lead! GO, #714!
Crane #714 had attained her adult voice by February, 2008.
Spring 2008, First Journey North: Began migration from Florida March 25 in a group of six flockmates and made it to Worth County Georgia. Four of the six stayed together (#714, #703, #707 and #709) and resumed northward migration the next morning, March 26. The other two birds were only a few miles away. Tracker Richard Urbanek of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, got a visual on the birds.
Crew Chief Anna Fasoli found
the remains of #714 in a field
in Bledsoe County, Tennessee.
She had apparently been
killed by a predator, possibly a coyote.
Last updated: 3/31/08
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