As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Rare whooping crane appears near Lake Okeechobee



 
A South Florida Water Management District worker spotted this rare 10-year-old female whooping crane west of Lake Okeechobee in recent weeks. The bird is one of about a dozen surviving a failed attempt to establish a non-migrating flock in Florida.
A South Florida Water Management District worker spotted this rare 10-year-old female whooping crane west of Lake Okeechobee in recent weeks. The bird is one of about a dozen surviving a failed attempt to establish a non-migrating flock in Florida. 
SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

JSTALETOVICH@MIAMIHERALD.COM




Whooping crane No. 1441, one of the last surviving cranes in a failed effort to re-establish a Florida flock of the nearly extinct birds, made a rare appearance this spring.

A surveyor counting birds for the South Florida Water Management District spotted the lone female — one of possibly three surviving chicks born in the wild as part of an attempt to reestablish a non-migrating flock in Florida — in Glades County on the west shore of Lake Okeechobee, said Tim Dellinger, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation.

The bird, now 10 and still wearing green bands and a radio-tracking monitor that has long since stopped working, was one of 37 chicks hatched from 289 captive-bred cranes released between 1999 and 2012, he said. Of those, only 11 lived long enough to fly and possibly three, including No. 1441, survive. The total flock is down to less than a dozen.

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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/11/4054376/rare-whooping-crane-appears-near.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/11/4054376/rare-whooping-crane-appears-near.html#storylink=cpy

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