On the first trips outside with other little chicks, the costumes/trainers learned early that 907 always lagged behind. Then she stuck out her little stubby wings and ran as fast as she could to catch up. It will be fun to see how she changes as she grows. Here's a photo of her doing circle pen training as she learns to walk near the ultralight.
She was grouped for socializing with 905, 906, and 908. She had always been a very submissive chick but in mid June, 907 decided that should change. She walked through the pen one afternoon taking pecks and jabs at anyone close by. Except for 908, the other birds just moved out of her way. But usually aggressive 908 stood up to 907. The two girls faced off and each pecked at the other's beak, and #907 got the better of #908 — who skulked off with head lowered and one wing out in the most submissive posture a chick can take. It sounds like #907 is coming up in the ranks!
Flight School in Wisconsin:
She did well in training sessions as the wing was added to the trike and the chicks first steps in flight attempts proceded. Like all the chicks in cohort one, she was flying by July 20. By early August cohort one was flying circles over the training areas. By mid-August they were flying larger and longer circuits and doing well as a "team."
Geoff says crane #907 seems timid and wary. She backs away from the handlers. She minds her own business and is reliable in training.
Four days after arrival at Chass, the chicks got health checks and their new bands. This photo shows 907's new bands. The radio transmitter is on the left and the satellite transmitter (PTT) is on the right. Photo by ICF tracker Eva.
March 13: The chicks at Chass with adult pair #105and #501were beginning to show signs of migration restlessness. Eva said, "It was a windy night and they continued to fly around, land, fly around, land, fly around, land…well, you get the picture. This is typical behavior for the chicks before they decide to head back north. Although it would be a little on the early side for them to be leaving this week, we are not sure if the adult pair will entice the chicks to leave earlier than they would otherwise."
Spring 2010, First Journey North: The "Chass 9" crane kids (901, 904, 905, 907, 913, 919, 924, 927 and 929) began migration on April 5 at 10:00 a.m. With them were subadults 824, 827 and 830. While they did not remain in one group for the whole flight, they ended up landing together in Grady County, Georgia around 6:00 p.m their first day of migration. The next morning, Apr. 6, female 907 apparently split from the group early in the morning and flew to a different location somewhere to the north. She was also continuing her migration, but this time alone. Tracker Eva reported that 907 roosted in Etowah County, Alabama on the night of April 6; in Todd County, Kentucky on the night of April 7; in Warrick County, Indiana, on the night of April 9th; Kankakee County, Illinois, on the night of April 10th; Will County, Illinois, on the night of April 11 for several more days. On April 12 Eva reported that 907 is traveling alone, not with sandhills. "April 12 was a perfect migration day there, but she was apparently not interested in leaving even though she's a day's flight from Necedah NWR. I have a feeling she is going to be one of those wayward females who wanders. Richard is still tracking her." She was still at the Will County, IL location as of the May 4 tracking report.
Fall 2010: Cranes #907, 905, 42-09 (DAR) and #733 were reported in Shelby County, Alabama, on December 8. Tracker Eva discovered the group again on January 28, 2011. "They are at 733's previous wintering territory from two winters ago down in Polk County, Florida. This was the first time that area had been checked this winter, so they have probably been there for quite some time."
Spring 2011: Female #907 and cranes #733 and 905 and 42-09 (DAR) were reported in LaSalle County, Illinois, on March 24 and resumed migration from this location on March 30. They were found at their previous summering territory in Adams County, Wisconsin, on April 4, migration complete!
Fall 2011: Migrated only as far as Lawrence County, Illinois.
Spring 2012: Female #907 arrived on the nesting grounds of Necedah NWR in Wisconsin on March 7 with male #317, whose mate died last August. This new pair was observed sitting on a nesting platform in May, but were not observed there again. No eggs were ever confirmed so it wasn't a confirmed nest.
Spring 2012: Female #907 arrived March 29 on the nesting grounds of Necedah NWR in Wisconsin with her mate, #317. They soon had a nest together.
Last updated: 5/3/13
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