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Whar have the cranes been up to this year?

The breeding cranes in Somerset have had a very good year in 2019 and the seven fledged juveniles continue to thrive.  If you want to find out more you will find details available for each of the released birds on the crane profile pages. You can find the individual profiles by clicking on "Cranes > Meet the Cranes".  The information is correct up to the end of September.

Crane numbers continue to climb

The 2019 breeding season has been one of mixed fortunes for the reintroduced cranes, but the overall trend is one of continued improvement in productivity.  This was the best year yet in terms of numbers of cranes fledged with the figure of nine new recruits an excellent acheivement.  Productivity can be measured in a number of ways - and it is usual to either use the number of fledged chicks divided by either the number of territorial pairs, or the number of pairs that made nesting attempts.  Both of these two figures 0.38 and 0.56 chi

SURPRISE!

 

End of the road for Timitoo

Some sad news I'm afraid.

The young crane that was caught and colour ringed White Black Green on 26th July, and nicknamed 'Timitoo' has been found dead.

It was quickly back with its parents, Timmy and Michaela, and was captured on a trail camera at dawn on 28th July and then again on 29th.  See below...

 Timitoo captured on trail-cam 28th July closely followed by...

The youngest of the bunch

 

Welcome to the New Generation

 Alison with 8 wk old crane - nicknamed 'Javi'.

Wonderful to catch and colour ring one of the new generation of cranes on the Somerset Levels and Moors this morning.

 Javi showing its ring combination White Red Green

Baby's first footprints

crane prints

 Parent and baby crane footprints - 10th July 2018

A Bird's eye view

Thought it timely for an update!

 

Adult crane walking back to it's nest on 5th June.  (if you look closely you can see 2 eggs!)

2017 Annual Report now available to read

Follow the link HERE  to read the report on the 2017 year.

Huge thanks to Liz Antliff-Clark, a volunteer with the RSPB, who put so much time into compiling this for the project.

 

 

 

 

Happy Christmas!

..And even though I realise this wish might not be to everyone's liking - Here's to a lovely wet Spring 2018 - ensuring lots of nice safe nesting areas for the reintroduced cranes on the wetlands of the South West!