He was doing very well and close to flying by the end of August.
October weather brought sun, wind, rain and snow. The chicks seemed to enjoy testing their wings in the winds. Several days they birds made flights where they were almost out of view flying both to the north and south of their pen site. A couple of times they were out of view for a period of time, and someof the flew over to visit the ultralight chicks in their pen! We couldn't tell which chicks did that because they didn't get banded until Oct. 13. They are building up their flight strength in these final days or weeks before migration.
Crane 83-09 was released at Site 3 on Necedah NWR on October 24 along with DAR 32-09. The two stayed in that area the rest of October. On November 1 they joined with all but two of the other DAR chicks and flew in undirected flight over Monroe and Juneau Counties. Are they getting restless? Signals from the radio transmitters on the birds' leg bands will help biologists from ICF and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as they track movements of the released DAR cranes now and throughout their migration. Stay tuned!
Notes by Marianne Wellington, ICF. Thank you!
First Migration, Fall 2009: DAR 38-09 began migration Nov. 26 with several other Whooping cranes that migrated as a group before landing to roost at an undetermined location(s) in Illinois. On Nov. 27 he resumed migrating with pairs #216 and 716 and #512 and 722. They were reported at a stopover site in Knox County, Indiana, on November 28. DAR #38-09 remained with six adult Whooping Cranes in Knox County, Indiana for the winter.
Spring 2010, First Migration North: Male 38-09 (DAR) left on his first northward migration on March 17 with adult crane pairs 216/716 and 512/722. His signal was detected at Necedah NWR on March 22! By April 20 he'd been spending time up in Marathon County, WI. Said Eva, "He was likely kicked out of the group that he spent the winter with because they were all breeding pairs."
Fall 2010: Migrated and wintered in Hamilton County, Tennessee with #906 and #906.
Spring 2011: The group with #38-09 (DAR), #906 and #506 left Hamilton County, TN sometime between Feb. 25 and 27. They were reported back in the Necedah NWR area by March 21.
Fall 2011: No reports
Spring 2012: Male #38-09 (DAR), with female #34-09 (DAR) detected on Necedah NWR on March 23.
Spring 2013: Male #38-09 (DAR) split with his mate #34-09 (DAR) and he is now back in Wisconsin with #23-10 (who had split from 37-07 during spring migration).
Fall 2013: Migrated with crane #26-10 to Wheeler NWR in Alabama, arriving sometime before January 21.
Spring 2014: DAR 38-09 began migration from the Wheeler NWR in Alabama on 15-18 February along with Cranes #19-11, 3-11, 4-11, 17-11, and pair #26-09 / 27-06. This large group was reported in Gibson County, Indiana, on 21 February. They then moved to Lawrence County, Illinois, by the next day and were seen with an eighth (and unknown) bird, and tracker Eva believes that it might be #26-10. By April 9, #38-09 had not yet been confirmed back at Necedah NWR but he has a nonfunctional transmitter and all the other birds that he was known to be traveling with through Illinois had all returned to Necedah.
Last updated: 4/12/14
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