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Migrating Birds Stuck in AL for Christmas


This bird was captured on video by Sean Sporman, producer of News 4 This Morning.

This bird was captured on video by Sean Sporman, producer of News 4 This Morning.

CLANTON, Ala. (AP) -- A group of migrating whooping cranes is grounded in central Alabama.

Workers accompanying the young birds post on Facebook that high winds aloft are keeping them in Chilton County for Christmas Eve.

Conditions should be better Wednesday, so the group could be moving on Christmas.

A group called Operation Migration is using ultralight airplanes to guide eight young birds south from Wisconsin, where the trip began Oct. 2.

The birds are raised in captivity. They're introduced early in life to ultralights and pilots disguised as cranes in hopes they follow when the time is right for migration.

The birds first arrived in Chilton County last week, and they've been grounded since then by the weather.

They group is bound for St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge on Florida's Gulf Coast.


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