Two cranes from the Louisiana non-migratory population.
These two Whoopers were spotted from the side of Hwy 35 in Aransas Co., where they were visiting a corn feeder set out for deer. This is something that is becoming more common to see whereas 10+ years ago these birds rarely, if ever, left the coastal marshes. The population increase in the species may be causing some of the birds to investigate new foraging opportunities.
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...