November 1, 2002
Windy and Cold: Hanging Out
No word today on the yearling cranes, but from the migration trail of the main flock of whoopers come these news updates. Tom Stehn reports: An aerial census of the Aransas NWR and surrounding areas made October 31st, 2002 estimated the number of whooping cranes present at 19 adults + 1 chick."
FWS biologist Wally Jobman says, "The birds are strung out from North Dakota to Texas right now. Just heard
we have a family group in Custer County, Nebraska on the Middle Loup River. Lots of birds have been reported stopping
at Salt Plains NWR in Oklahoma. There was a huge migration yesterday, long strings of snow geese, white-fronts,
Canada geese, and sandhill cranes." Migration is in full swing!
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