Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Albino Sandhill, young Whooper create buzz in Neb.

From the Omaha World-Herald:

The curious case of two rare cranes in central Nebraska is electrifying birders as the spring migration season looms.

Spotted Sunday: A tall crane with pure white plumage mixing with grayish sandhill cranes.

Spotted Friday and Saturday: A tall crane with brown feathering among a flock of sandhill cranes.

One is an albino sandhill crane, one of four known albinos in a population of 600,000. The other is a juvenile whooping crane, an endangered species numbering about 258.

Both are rare and both happen to be in Nebraska, to the delight of Karine Gil, a researcher at the Platte River Whooping Crane Trust near Wood River.

"This is extremely rare," Gil said Monday. "There are two white birds around."



Blogger Darren Addy said...

My wife, daughter and her fiancé saw one or the other of these this morning along the interstate 80 at the Minden exit.

I have a hard time believing it would be a whooper, as they are normally way behind the Sandhill migration and I would wager that they are still in Texas. However, if it was an albino it appears that they saw something even more rare than a whooper (something I have wanted to see in the wild here my whole LIFE). COOL!

My advise would be to keep your eyes peeled anywhere between Lexington and Aurora on I80!

March 07, 2009 7:05 PM  

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