Migration Highlights
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Fall 2003
Target date for departure
October 8
Actual date for departure
October 16
Number of birds at takeoff
16
Number of birds surviving fall migration
16
Date migration ends
December 8
Total days of fall migration
54

Number of actual flight days (progress made)

20

Number of no-fly days (grounded or turned back)

34
Longest flight (in distance)
200 miles (3 hours, 4 minutes)
Total miles flown
1191
Days on Wintering Grounds
117 days*
Number of birds before spring migration
12
Number of birds surviving spring migration
12

* 117 days is the average of two numbers (Group A - 113 days, Group B - 121 days.)

NOTES:

  • Only 9 of the 15 birds flew the entire leg on day 1.
  • On October 17 crane #303 was reunited with her flock after recovering from surgery on a leg and flew again on Oct 26, Day 11.
  • It took them two tries to cross Walden Ridge.
  • They reached the halfway point at Tennessee's Hiwassee Refuge on day 37, Nov. 18.
  • The longest stretch of bad weather was in Morgan County, Indiana.