Lila couldn’t wait to get this information out to all my fans so she had to startle me from my perch to start blogging again today. About Mid December, the game warden spotted a Whooping Crane North of Electra in a flock of 5,000 Sandhill Cranes. The game warden called Bob with the location. Lila decided to call Tom Stehn, Whooping Crane Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After several conformations that it was indeed a Whooping Crane, the flock of Sandhill Cranes was closely monitored throughout the winter. Here is the email Lila received this morning from Tom.
“If you look at the dates and locations of single white-plumaged Whooping Cranes confirmed in North Texas this winter, it seems logical to me that there has been a single whooping crane moving from Electra to Anson to Pampa from December 30, 2010 through March 1, 2011. It may have never made it to Aransas, instead wintering with Sandhill Cranes.”
Number Date Nearest Town Location
1 white-plumaged crane 12/30 through 1/2/11 Electra, Texas WNW of Wichita Falls
1 white-plumaged crane 2/7/11 through 2/13/11 Anson, Texas NNW of Abilene
1 white-plumaged crane 2/28/11 through 3/1/11 Pampa, Texas NE of Amarillo