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Thanks, Rob.  Apparently these four have ditched their adult escort and
opted for Missouri/Illinois instead of Kentucky -- wonder if they'll make a
habit of it?

-Allen Gathman
Pocahontas, MO (Cape Girardeau County)

On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 12:34 AM, rob francis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The four cranes at Kaskasia are from the Eastern Flock hatch year 2015
>
> They are part of the Direct Autumn Release (DAR)
>
> *Learn to migrate by* following older cranes in the flock.
>
> Group 2 chicks are also captive-born.
>
> In fall the chicks are released on Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in the
> company of older cranes from whom the young birds learn the migration route
> in a program called Direct Autumn Release (DAR).
>
>
> The eldest of the cohort, WCEP 61-15, is named Mendota—after the largest
> of the four lakes surrounding Madison. Good-natured and small-framed all
> through chick-dom, Mendota was often picked on by the younger, larger
> chicks but isn’t afraid to stand her ground as second in command.
> She was banded October 21. On November 3 the DAR colts were not put back
> in the pen and were allowed to come and go as they pleased. This was their
> release to freedom and wildness. They soon were flying and hanging out with
> sandhills and one adult whooper, #18-11.
> *Fall 2015:* On Nov. 25, Crane #61-15 DAR and five other Direct Autumn
> Release cohort mates were seen together with parent-reared female #27-14
> (who successfully migrated south to Kentucky last year).
>
>
>
> Flambeau (WCEP 62-15) was the second to hatch, joining Mendota in the
> hatcher on June 26. At first, Mendota and Flambeau did not get along at
> all. A few months later, the pair became inseparable. Now, Flambeau is the
> biggest chick of the cohort. He surpassed Mendota very early on and his
> size asserts his position at the top of the flock!
> He was banded October 21. On November 3 the DAR colts were not put back in
> the pen and were allowed to come and go as they pleased. This was their
> release to freedom and wildness. They soon were flying and hanging out with
> sandhills and one adult whooper, #18-11.
>
> *Fall 2015:* On Nov. 25, Crane #62-15 DAR and five other Direct Autumn
> Release cohort mates were seen together with parent-reared female #27-14
> (who successfully migrated south to Kentucky last year)
>
>
> Third to hatch was Corky (WCEP 63-15) on June 8. Since hatching, Corky has
> been eager to assert his dominance over all the younger chicks. He even had
> the guts to go up against his elders, Mendota and Flambeau! Even at 4
> months of age, Corky and Flambeau were still frequently competing for the
> best roosting spot.
> He was banded October 21. On November 3 the DAR colts were not put back in
> the pen and were allowed to come and go as they pleased. This was their
> release to freedom and wildness. They soon were flying and hanging out with
> sandhills and one adult whooper, #18-11.
>
> *Fall 2015:* On Nov. 25, Crane #63-15 DAR and five other Direct Autumn
> Release cohort mates were seen together with parent-reared female #27-14
> (who successfully migrated south to Kentucky last year)
>
>
> Druid (67-15) hatched on June 16. She always has a sharp eye for
> opportunity. As a chick, Druid would pointedly watch her chick-mates from
> across the pond. The other chicks needed to watch out if they got too close
> to her! Her sharp eyes are also useful in other ways besides bullying her
> peers. She is an expert grasshopper catcher and has caught a few baby
> garter snakes as well.
> On November 3 the DAR colts were not put back in the pen and were allowed
> to come and go as they pleased. This was their release to freedom and
> wildness. They soon were flying and hanging out with sandhills and one
> adult whooper, #18-11.
> *Fall 2015:* On Nov. 25, Crane #67-15 DAR and five other Direct Autumn
> Release cohort mates were seen together with parent-reared female #27-14
> (who successfully migrated south to Kentucky last year)
>
>
>
>
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