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Photo: Sara Zimorski, WCEP

Names for Cranes
Cranes in the new Eastern Flock are real characters! You’ll discover that each bird has its own personality. Many of the cranes remind the pilots and crane handlers of people they know. They include braves and bullies, rebels and sweeties, heroes and cranks.

The “ultrachicks” are named by their hatch year and hatch order. Hatch year came first until 2010. After that, names began with hatch order first, then year.

Do you see the big bump on #412’s face? It's an insect bite. He needed medicine for weeks. When he got tired of it, he had to be held and force-fed the medicine. Argh! Even so, he never got scared or distrustful of the white costume. He kept on being the best flyer and follower in his group. What a trooper!