Friends of the Wild Whoopers, (FOTWW) recently reported that the whooping cranes are arriving at their winter home on Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Kevin Sims of Aransas Bay Birding Charters sent FOTWW some photos that he was able to capture over the weekend at the refuge. The first photo below photo is of a wolfberry bush a food source for the whooping cranes.
Kevin reports: “Everything we saw yesterday was very far away. We found 25 including four colts. All are foraging successfully. Wolfberries and crab are abundant for now. We have had several very nice rains this fall. Should keep them in crabs all winter. As long as the Mosquitoes don’t carry them away.”
Thank you Kevin for the photos and the report. It’s only the beginning of the wintering season and the whooping cranes are still arriving on the refuge, so we are sure you’ll be seeing more of the “wild ones”.
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