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Somerset

Water water everywhere

The view from the office!  This is where the water ends up if it can't be contained in the River Parrett.  Picture taken this afternoon from Red hill behind Curry Rivel looking across West Sedgemoor to Aller Moor (beyond the brick railway bridge) and Kings Sedgemoor beyond. 

Forty-eight in flight!

At last! Here we have a shot of all 48 in flight - taken by one of the RSPB monitoring volunteers - Kevin Harris at the weekend.  Thanks Kevin!

The birds are still making the most of the maize stubbles in the area around Stan Moor/ Stathe / Burrowbridge, Somerset.

The largest resident flock of cranes in the UK

Well, after a slow start it has finally happened.

 

Not quite all 48... we're working on getting a photo of the whole lot... but it keeps on raining! Photo credit: Nick Upton.

The new cranes start to find their feet

 Exploring with Crane 'Mum' - Amy King. 

Class of 2012 take to the air

 Two of this years cohort lifting off.

"Flight of the Cranes" Exhibition

Recent photos from the pre-release pen

 Wycliffe up close (investigating the dangling lens-cap!)

 Green White Blue in the water supply ditch

Wanderers return.

The three cranes that went wandering last weekend returned on Friday - and the flock is once more made up of 34 birds.  We received no sightings of them whilst apart from the remaining 31 so sadly, we have no idea where they were! This weekend has also seem the flock split at times into smaller groups, which were seen using the thermals created in the unseasonally warm and sunny weather to  explore further afield.

Wild cranes on the loose!

Another wild, unringed crane has turned up in Somerset - seen on Feb 6th near Frome and yesterday (7th ) on Chilton Moor (from the road between near Eddington and Burtle) and then later in the day at Catcott Lows Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve.   Perhaps it will join up with the release birds?  Watch this space!  

 

 

 

Want to See the cranes...? Book on a Date with Nature!

The RSPB is running six 'Dates with the cranes' - starting on Friday 20 January. These events will include: