August 24, 2003
Cranes Mingle and Mix
Today brought poor flying weather, so instead the cranes
got to "come out to play" on the ground. The large group of
cranes will now work out their pecking order, or hierarchy within the
flock. To make sure they didn't fight or harm each other, the costumed
handlers were on hand with puppets in case they needed to break up any
fights. Sara, Heather, Joe and Brook--all in costumes-- released the cranes
for their first chance to mix. Some of the birds took short flights around
their new pen site. Others were content to forage with the costumed handlers.
Cranes #311 and #318 seemed to be the only two bullying birds. They sometimes
challenged the other birds.
Ray in costume with whole flock.
Photos Joe Duff, WCEP
this Red-winged blackbird wonder about this strange-looking group?
and #318: bullies?
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