Three Whooping Cranes flying northward, high above the house.
We saw one last year. And heard one in March.
Individuals in captive breeding program - I'm sure this won't count, but too cool not to post.
Weather: 54, 100% cloudy, rain (mild/light), 10mph NE. 7 crane flock intermixed with white ibis. Most preeing, 3 more fly and join flock. Vocalization
Single crane observed with no accompanying sandhills. Location was from bridge on 971. First observed feeding in dried grassy area to west of the channel then it took flight and flew into the water as shown where it continued to feed for over an hour. This bird has been in this area since 2/16. In early Jan there were several sightings of a single bird about 5 miles south of this location.
International Crane Foundation, Wisconsin
Got to see a Whooping Crane at "Sandhill Station" this morning! What a great experience!
I added my sighting to the Whooping Crane Observation site here: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/whoopingcrane/sightings/sightingform.cfm
Heavy overcast/light rain. Temp in the 30s. No leg bands.
Apparently the first detection of this family group this winter at Granger Lake. Also photographed by Greg Lasley on Feb. 19; one of the adults was banded.
This is group of Whooping Cranes which were observed several times in winter of 2012-2013 near the Granger Dam in eastern Williamson Co, TX. On this occasion there were in a grassy field with about 100 sandhill cranes. This was first occasion that I had seen 7 of the cranes together.
The Whooping Crane (Grus americana), the tallest North American bird, is an endangered crane species named for its whooping sound. In 2003, there were about 153 pairs of whooping cranes. Along with the Sandhill Crane, it is one of only two crane species found in North America. The Whooping Crane's lifespan is estimated to be 22 to 24 years in the wild. After being pushed to the brink of extinction by unregulated hunting and loss of...