The First Family
in the New Eastern Flock

On November 19, 2006, the parents and their surviving chick began their first migration south! They flew all the way to Indiana on the first day. Can you see them there in the photo below? (They remained at this stop until they resumed migration on December 7 (see next.)

But sad news came on November 23, 2006. The remains of the second chick were found at a place where the family often roosted. A predator had killed the chick, probably on the same night it was last seen (September 12).

Experts had thought the surviving chick was the smaller chick. They were wrong! Looking at the bones showed them that she is actually the larger. The surviving female chick will now be permanently known as W1-06 (Wild chick #1 of 2006).

Photo Richard Urbanek, WCEP