When 925 swam in the pool for the first time, she craned her neck all the way forward and kicked for all she was worth to reach the end of the pool. She likes swimming! She didn't do as well following the trike, and on June 12 she got extra tutoring time because she wasn’t following too well.
of Flight School in Wisconsin:
Erin calls #925 a great little bird, and very curious. She soon became a good flier and good follower. She is very submissive. On health check day in September, Erin tells how #925 charmed her: I was in the pen on the side with the birds who had not yet had their health checks. Chick #925 was standing by me as I absent-mindedly dangled the sleeve of my costume, swinging it slowly back and forth like a clock pendulum. I soon noticed that curious #925 was watching and her head was swinging back and forth in perfect timing with my sleeve, like she was being hypnotized. I was glad when Bev looked our way and saw it too, and we later had a good laugh over it.
Female #925 is submissive within her cohort. After the Cohort 2 and 3 birds were joined in to one group, #925 and #914 (also submissive in her cohort), had staredowns with each other. It's as if these two submissive females were arguing about who is the most submissive!
Spring 2010, First Journey North: Eight of the St. Marks juveniles left at mid-day March 24 on their first journey north! According to a PTT reading from #908, she (and probably #915 #910, #911, #914, #918, #925 and #926) reached Shelby County, Alabama— about 260 miles from the pen! Their next flight took them an additional 380 miles to Monroe County, IN, where an observer photo confirmed that they were all still together. As of March 29 they had flown another 73 miles to the Fountain County, IN, roughly 70 miles due east of the Piatt Co., IL stopover used during their ultralight-guided journey south last fall. Tracker Eva said a PTT reading for #915 on March 31 put them in Monroe County, Wisconsin. On April 1 Sara picked up their signals in the Necedah area. They successfully completed migration!"
Fall 2010: Remained in Dodge County, Wisconsin at least through October 15 along with the cranes she had been with all summer and a few others. She and #908, 911, 915, 918, and 929 returned to the St. Marks NWR release site from an undetermined location on the morning of December 29. The five chicks in the Class of 2010 had already been there for several days. The older cranes came back to the pen site periodically but they picked on the smaller and younger #925 and #929. The troublemakers were driven off but the caretakers let #935 and #929 hang around the pen with the five chicks during the winter. The two were no threat to the younger birds.
Spring 2011: On March 21, the first day of spring, #925 and #929 began migration from the St. Marks pensite, taking two males (#1-10 and #8-10) from the class of 2010 with them! Data from their GPS transmitters indicated that they made it to Macon County, Alabama, nearly 200 miles to the north and right on course. GPS data from #1-10 indicates that on the night of March 24th, he had made it to Jackson County, AL in the northeast portion of the state, but it was not known if older cranes #925 and #929 and classmate #8-10 were still with him. Then, on March 30, crane #929 was detected on Necedah NWR and at Horicon NWR in Dodge County, on April 1.
Fall 2011: Crane #25-09 (formerly called #925)spent winter in Green County, Indiana, with and #18-09 (formerly called #918).
Spring 2012: Female #25-09 was reported back on Necedah NWR on March 16, with #29-09. ICF tracker Eva saw #18-09 and #25-09 with an egg May 2 but the pair never incubated the egg: No chicks for this pair in summer 2012.
Fall 2012: Female #25-09 was captured Oct. 24 and her transmitter replaced before migration. Her original band colors remain the same.
Spring 2013: Female #25-09 was reported back on Necedah NWR on March 29, with #18-09.
Fall 2013: #25-09, with mate #4-08, began migration from Necedah NWR on November 10. They were reported in Green County, Indiana on Nov. 15 and remained through at least Dec. 20 before moving to an unknown location (likely due to the extremely cold winter). They were found in Gibson County, Indiana on March 7 and moved north back into Greene County by March 21, 2014. They remained through at least March 27 before continuing north and completing migration.
Spring 2014: Female #25-09 was reported back on Necedah NWR on March 29 and mate #4-08 was with her. The pair nested and the nest was still active when checked on April 30 but failed in May when the pair parents abandoned it.
Fall 2014: Female #25-09 was now paired with male #2-04 and they didn't raise a chick this summer but on September 22, parent-reared chick #27-14 was released near the pair in hopes they would foster the chick and lead her on migration this fall. They did, and the adults and the chick left Necedahh on Oct. 31 and migrated to Hopkins County, Kentucky. They were joined there by Nov. 21 by #24-09 and 42-09, plus #1-10 and W1-06 in early December. The new family spent the winter there and the chick did well.
Spring 2015: Pair #25-09 and #2-04 departed Hopkins County, Kentucky around March 24 with their adopted youngster #27-14 and together they completed migration to Necedah NWR in Wisconsin on March 31. They were parents of new twin chicks by May 18. The adults were photographed by Wisconsin DNR pilot Bev Paulan on June 8 with surviving chick W10-15, who survived the summer and fledged!
Photos Beverly Paulan
Last updated: 9/10/15
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