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Residents of Jones County had three whooping cranes winter with them from November 2004 until late March 2005, when they flew back north. The birds belong to a migratory flock that was established in Wisconsin in 2000. Historically, whooping cranes wintered along the Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Florida. The last of the big birds reported in North Carolina was shot near Wilmington in 1875. The whooping crane, standing five feet at the head and having a seven-foot wingspan, is the tallest bird in North America. The first sighting in North Carolina was in July 1589, near Ocracoke.