Personality, Early Training
team calls her Zoey “Flower Child” Woodstock. Why?
And that's the story of how she got her full name: Zoey “Flower Child” Woodstock.
from "Flight School" at Necedah NWR in Wisconsin:
After she could fly, she liked to land in the marsh instead of on the grass. She knows where cranes belong!
"It’s not uncommon to see her wander off from the rest of the group," Geoff reminds us. "Even when the dry pen was flooded, and we let the birds out on the runway to rest on dry ground, she’d spend most of her time wandering through the marsh. But she does like flying; she often comes out before everyone else. However, I think she still misses #12 and #14, since they were her old socializing buddies from Patuxent. When she arrived at Necedah, she didn’t seem very interested in what #15 and #17 were doing." Everyone was glad when she seemed to feel better after her buddy #11-10 arrived in Wisconsin.
On September 14 when the costumed handlers were releasing the older birds in Cohort One to fly with the ultralight plane, #10-10 and #17-10 watched from inside the pen, eager for their turn. Somehow they managed to slip past the fence and the handlers — and took off flying with the older birds! AND they flew the entire 25 minutes of the training flight!
October 8: Either on take-off, or landing today, #10-10 hurt her leg. Joe drove her to the doctor at ICF where Dr. Barry Hartup suited up and examined her leg. She's just fine, but does have a bad abrasion. She was very calm and already starting to put weight on the foot. This take-off was meant to be the migration departure, but when they met with headwinds aloft, the pilots decided it would be too tough to lead the youngs birds the whole 23 miles to stopover #1. It became a training flight instead.
First Migration South, Led by Ultralight Airplane: Chick #10-10 left Necedah NWR on her first migration on October 10, 2010. Find day-by-day news about the flock's migration and read more about #10-10 below.
October 10, 2010: What a champ! Brave #10-10, who badly bruised her leg two days ago, was a trooper today. She and 3 others didn't want to take off with Richard on Migration day 1. But the Swamp Monster was called into action, and #10 DID follow Brooke as he began leading her south to the first stop, 23 miles away. But she was having difficulties getting any altitude, and eventually she landed in a marsh. Brooke noted the coordinates and passed them along to Trish so that the ground crew could retrieve #10 and transport her the remaining 12 miles by crate. "Zoey" was happy to see her rescuers, who tramped down the tough grass (like a real mama crane would do) so she had a better path to walkto her crate. Soon she joined her flockmates again, Day 1 complete.
Day 8 (October 17): #10-10 dropped out shortly into today's flight. She was found in the woods near the pen. She must have dropped out unnoticed and made her way back. She likely saw the dismantling of the pen and decided to hide. She and #2-10 were the two birds crated today and moved to the new site by road.
Days 9 and 10 (October 18, 19): Walt said: "Usually the birds don’t like being boxed and stay with the flock on the next flight. I am happy to say that was the case on these next two legs of the journey for #10, and she has her place back in line as we head on south."
Day 62, Dec. 10: After today's final flight with the Class of 2010 in one large group, she was put into the pen with the four other birds headed to a winter home at St. Marks NWR. Crane #10-10's next flight will complete her first migration!
Day 67, Dec. 15: Migration Complete!
First Winter, Release Site at St. Marks NWR: The St. Marks Five had been banded and got health checks soon after arrival. The top net was removed from their pen and they were set free to come and go on Dec. 25, 1010!
One evening, a flock of juvenile ibis flew in and landed on the pond's oyster-shell bar with the cranes. Young female #10-10 tried to entice the other species to join her in dancing. "As much as she would leap and pirouette, they would just walk away. Poor little chick did look frustrated," said Bev, who was visiting Brooke and helping with the cranes.
2011, First Unassisted Migration: April 3 was
the day! The winds switched around to the south and the
warm temps meant good thermals. Brooke watched as the three
remaining youngersters kept taking off on a long flight
and then returning to the
Fall 2011: She successfully migrated and was reported in Lake County, Florida with the very young female #2-11, who escaped" her ultralight-led cohort early in her first southward migration.
Spring 2012: Female #10-10 remained with young #2-11 and Sandhill cranes in Lake County, Florida, until beginning spring migration on February 13. She was reported back in Dodge County, Wisconsin, on March 18.
Fall 2012: Female #10-10 spent from July through late September in southern Dodge County, Wisconsin before fall migration. Tracker Eva Syszkoski reports that her wintering location was unknown.
Spring 2013: Female #10-10 completed migration to Dodge County, Wisconsin on April 3, 2013.
Fall 2013: Female #10-10 was photographed (below) Nov. 16 in Wisconsin. Observer/photographer Bill Gausmann reports that was her last day in the area. Later on Nov. 17 she took advantage of the north wind and headed south. She was seen in Jasper County, Indiana, November 21. Where will she spend winter? Maybe this year a lucky observer will help solve the mystery.
Last updated: 11/21/13
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