TexBirders,

Apparently this didn't get out to the newsgroup; my apologies. I asked Tom
Stehn, the national whooping crane coordinator with the US Fish and Wildlife
Service, about this bird when the report was filed. Here is his reply:

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     Sounds like a confirmed sighting of a whooper near Sabinal.  It
     could be a subadult that just hasn't finished the migration, or it
     could be the chick from last year that wintered near Brazoria last
     winter and doesn't know where Aransas is.  That bird would follow
     sandhills to TX and could winter anywhere.

     Currently 179 birds at Aransas.  Looks like the Sabinal bird is #
     180 in the flock.  The injured bird has apparently left Quivira NWR
     in Kansas on December 29 and its wherabouts are unknown.  This
     would be # 181 in the flock presuming it shows up someplace.

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Thank you to everyone who continues to monitor the bird and post information.
Please continue to post any sightings like this; the biologists want to hear
any and all reports, especially in light of the lower number of whoopers this
year; it's important we find and track them all.

Cheers,
Patty Beasley
Corpus Christi, TX

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At 04:23 PM 1/9/99 -0600, Sylvestre Sorola wrote:
>This is exactly what I was thinking. We are not that far from New Mexico "as
>the crane flies".
>
>Sylvestre
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Sue <suewie@HCTC.NET>
>To: TEXBIRDS@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG <TEXBIRDS@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG>
>Date: Friday, January 08, 1999 9:23 PM
>Subject: WHOOPING CRANE ON HWY90
>
>
>SYLVESTRE
>
>HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THAT THIS PARTICULAR WHOOPING CRANE MAY BE ONE OF THE
>BIRDS THAT WINTERS WITH THE SANDHILL CRANES IN NEW MEXICO.  SEVERAL YEARS
>AGO WHEN AT BOSQUE DEL APACHE I WAS TOLD THAT ONE OF THEIR WHOOPING CRANES
>WINTERED IN MEXICO.  PERHAPS THAT BIRD AND FLOCK IT IS WITH WANDERS.  WE HAD
>A REPORT OF A WHOOPER AT LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE LAST WINTER OR THE WINTER
>BEFORE AND THE QUESTION CROSSED MY MIND AT THAT TIME.  TOO BAD YOU COULD NOT
>SEE ANY LEG BANDS.
>
>SUE W.
>
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Corpus Christi, Texas
Hazel Bazemore Hawk Watch
Gulf Coast Continental Flyway editor, HMANA
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