at St. Marks NWR! (+28
Time to WHOOP! Led by pilot Brooke, the St. Marks Five (#1, 5, 6, 8, and 10) are safe at their new winter home! They created a world of excitement for the craniacs who came to see their arrival flyover. The birds and trikes departed Jefferson County at 7.56 and flew over the silent celebration crowd at 8:58. Everyone broke into cheers and applause after they passed overhead. What a glorious sight! After delivering the birds the pilots, return to celebrate with everyone waiting to welcome and offer sanctuary to some of North America's most beautiful and most endangered birds. Migration complete!
Meanwhile, the five birds going to "Chass" NWR are still back in their Gilchrist County pen. The very next fly day (tomorrow?) will bring their own Arrival Flyover Event and celebration as the Class of 2010 completes their first journey south. (See directions to the Chass flyover celebration here.)