It's too bad that sunny and warm doesn't count. The winds again today are from the southwest at 6-7 knots. Flying into such headwinds translates to a ground speed of about 13 mph, which means slow progress and too tiring for the young cranes just starting out. They might decide, "Who needs this???" and turn back, helter skelter, to Necedah and their lovely ponds and marshes. Getting off to a good start is extremely important. Joe said the birds will have the best chance at success if all conditions are favorable, which means a tailwind to help speed them on their way. He doesn't want to give them any reason to drop out and turn back.
Hear Joe explain headwinds and tailwinds: Audio Clip.
tuned for favorable winds at daybreak tomorrow! In the meantime, rest
assurred that female #303 is making a good recovery from Tuesday's surgery
to fix a fracture in her knee. (Read about it on this year's flock
chart.) She is currently in a quarantine pen at ICF. Her only contact
is with costumed handlers. She can rejoin her flockmates this coming Monday,
or possibly even this weekend depending on her progress. She will be transported
much of the way to Florida inside a travel crate in a van, which may even
benefit her recovery by keeping her stationary and upright. She'll spend
nights with her flockmates in the travel enclosure.
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