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 Whooping Cranes ~ Operation Migration
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By: golden1 (offline) on Tuesday, July 16 2013 @ 09:14 AM EDT  
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Bonding time
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I could see the orange band on this chick. The darker bands are harder to distinguish. The orange band is on chick #7, a male.
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By: golden1 (offline) on Tuesday, July 16 2013 @ 09:17 AM EDT  
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6:44 off again
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6:45 Wandering again...#1 a female.
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The others are gathered for mealworms.
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By: golden1 (offline) on Tuesday, July 16 2013 @ 09:20 AM EDT  
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6 chicks are following the trike.
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This was a quick stop to gather together and then the "tume" took off again.
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By: golden1 (offline) on Tuesday, July 16 2013 @ 09:23 AM EDT  
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6:56 I love to watch him with the chicks.
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By: golden1 (offline) on Tuesday, July 16 2013 @ 09:30 AM EDT  
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Back to the pen and the "tumes" are off to the blind.
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7:26 Back to Yellow Mama and off for the day now.
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Someone will check on the chicks again this evening.

Some info for you. The chicks hatched from 5/14 to 5/19. They hatched at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD. There training began right away. I will see if I can find some info about this later and post it. here. Some of the eggs came from abandoned nests. There are siblings here and in some cases I believe the parents of the eggs are known. Let me check this for sure and post the info. I am off for the day now but will post later.


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By: golden1 (offline) on Wednesday, July 17 2013 @ 09:03 AM EDT  
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July 17, 2013

6:24 to 7:01
Today the training went so so well. The chicks were focused on following Yellow Mama and stayed together more. There is just something about those outstretched wings flapping that makes these runs inspiring to watch. The chicks were very curious about Yellow Mama today. They seem to be taller. They are also getting more and more white feathers.

7:01 to 7:15 2 of the "tumes" were working in the pens. The chicks were very curious again inspecting the "tumes" boots even.

6:24 Yellow Mama is in sight.

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By: golden1 (offline) on Wednesday, July 17 2013 @ 09:06 AM EDT  
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Pictures of the chicks and "tume" during practice.

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By: golden1 (offline) on Wednesday, July 17 2013 @ 09:10 AM EDT  
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The chicks are curious about Yellow Mama and spend time checking YM over.

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The chicks were also nipping at the ropes and wings today.


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