It's wet, rainy and foggy in Adair County today. The weather is keeping the flight team grounded, But there's plenty of "Whooping" excitement nearby.
Yesterday's report shared how the southward migration is already complete for three of the 20 wild Whooping cranes in the tiny Eastern flock: yearling female cranes #3 and #15 flew to their former pen site at Chassahowitzka NWR on Nov. 16th. Adult crane #1 (2001) returned to Pasco County, FL, near to where he spent last winter. And the others are getting close! Yesterday OM's Heather Ray drove to Hiwassee State Wildlife Area in southeast Tennesssee, equipped with an antenna and radio receiver to pick up signals from the radio transmitters worn by the Eastern flock whoopers. She reports: "By mid-morning I was watching two glowing white Whooping cranes, moving unhurriedly among thousands of smaller gray Sandhill cousins. The beep of the receiver told me that one of them was the female crane #201, but I couldn't detect any signal from the other bird only ten feet away from her." Since all but #6 and #7 from the 2001 flight are accounted for, Heather thought the unidentified crane could be either of those two.
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