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and ground crew--all
except for Paula and Don. Photo WCEP.
at the Morgan County stopover in Indiana, everyone's hunkered down for
another day. At sunrise, the ceiling was 500 feet but expected to open
to 6000 by mid-morning. This
rainy morning, half the team came out to meet, while the other half chose
to stay in their beds. Top cover pilot Paula bravely assured them that
conditions were supposed to improve by 11 a.m.
and by then, good tailwinds were expected too.
But it didn't happen, so you know what that means!
Among the Sandhills,
can you spot Crane #6 from HY 2001?
among Necedah Sandhill cranes Nov. 4.
Guess who's back? Crane #6 from Hatch Year 2001, who has not
been seen or tracked since May 10, showed up at Necedah NWR this week.
that he's been fairly close to the Refuge since at least September 15!
Here are the previous ultralight-led Whoopers, mixing this week with Sandhill
cranes at Necedah until they decide it's time to head south. Meanwhile,
at Aransas NWR in Texas, only 9 cranes have arrived since the last flight
on October 29th. There are 58 present now. Migration weather hasn't been
so great there, either! Tom Stehn reports from Aransas: "Saskatchewan
had a strong cold front that brought snow on October 29th with 2 sightings
recorded that day in Canada. This storm presumably pushed most of the
remaining cranes south into the U.S. The northern Great Plains experienced
cold weather and snow in the Dakotas, with cranes presumably migrating
across North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma during the
past week. Texas has had some of the warmest weather in the nation. A
weak low pressure system has moved south from Oklahoma into central Texas
and is forecast to reach the Texas coast on November 7th. I estimate that
cranes are stacked up behind this front and expect numerous birds to complete
the migration in the coming week. Five whooping cranes were reported in
flight on November 5th near Amarillo, Texas."
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