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A Stranger in their Midst

Over the last month, the Crane project team had been getting reports or varying numbers of unringed 'wild'  adult cranes in with our flock of Somerset birds. During the last two weeks, however, one of these wild cranes has regularly been seen following and feeding alongside our cranes, and now seems to have made the decision to stay for the winter.  This seems to be rather wise as a migration this late in the season could most likely be unsuccessful.


The newcomer seems to have made itself at home out on the Levels and Moors, and will hopefully contribute to the genetic diversity of the flock, once breeding begins to occur. Just as long as the other birds don't fly away back to the continent with it if it decides to migrate next spring!


The somerset 34 plus the new immigrant!
The somerset 34 plus the new immigrant!

The Wild Crane!
The Wild Crane!

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