Looking at eBird sightings for Whoopers this spring, I noticed that a group of four birds spent May 3 and 4 in Macomb County, Michigan, west of Detroit. 

The photos of the Michigan group look very similar to the group now in central MO, with one bird having a rusty head and the rest having more of a subadult plumage. Ths leg bands are also visible and could confirm that this is the same group of young wanderers.

John Besser
Columbia MO
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On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 2:41 PM, Brad Jacobs <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Paul McKenzie notified the USFWS Minneapolis regional office about the Whooping Cranes movements. The Field teams that follow the cranes indicated that these four have already been up in Wisconsin this year and went back down to Missouri. This is unusual and they are looking for why they are doing this wandering type behavior.

 

These cranes are still protected by the Endangered Species Act so please keep to a distance that doesn’t disturb the birds normal foraging or other behaviors.

 

The cranes just took off from Plowboy at 2:38 pm.

 

Brad

 

Brad Jacobs

Missouri Department of Conservation

P.O. Box 180

Jefferson City, MO 65102

573-522-4115 ext. 3648

 

 


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