Captured from Operation Migration CraneCam
unfavorable winds aloft blowing strongly at 25 - 30 mph early
this morning, no test flight was needed to call
a no-fly day. Maybe
everybirdy is glad for a rest today after yesterday's tough
flight. Pilot Richard said, "With the rough air and one-and-a-half-hour
time, it took more out of the birds and myself than the three-and
a-half-hour flight last week when the birds flew off on their own!" Richard
has been a hero on these flights, two of the toughest of the migration.
You can find out more about the five birds that didn't land with
Richard yesterday by checking the bio pages for #910, 918, 927, 924 and 912. Meanwhile,
Heather and Joe are
visiting grades 4, 6 and 6 today in
Illinois. We'll bring you more on that visit later.
day from about 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. and again from 3:30 to 4:30
in the afternoon. TrikeCam is
live during migration flights.
(a) Yesterday Richard
said the birds looked "like a slinky
in the sky" as they tried to follow
him in rough air. Close your eyes and
imagine how it looked. What similes can
you think of to describe such a sight? (b-for-bonus) Yesterday the
pilots tried hard to get the birds to fly
to the new stopover, and it took three
pilots to do it, plus 3 crates. Even though
some days can be difficult, why does
the team want the birds to fly
the route and avoid being crated? What
are risks of crating? Write your thoughts
and then see
what Joe says.