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Pippa

Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

Pippa
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Each crane has a unique combination of 3 coloured rings on their right leg. This marking code helps to identify the crane in the wild.

  • Sex: Female
  • Date of Hatching (birthday): 9 May, 2011
  • Date of Release: 22 August, 2011
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: Alive. Paired with Cosmo (2010 male) Probable breeding attempt in 2015. 2015: failed - stage of loss unknown. 2016: Made one nesting attempt which failed
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed
  • Paired with: Cosmo

Character profile:

May 2011: Pippa was the last egg of the last batch to hatch, and is a whole 18 days younger than Lofty and Wally. She is currently quite a timid chick, and spent quite a few days afraid to leave her coop. June 2011:  Pippa is still timid, but does now leave her coop and is slowly overcoming her fear of the big bad world!  A rush of wind through the grasses though, and she dives back to the safety of her coop. July 2011: Pippa is now really coming out of herself and gaining in confidence daily.  August 2011: Pippa is much more confident and interacts with the other birds a lot more than she used to.  However, as soon as the costumed avics appear in costume she becomes very clingy and often stands looking for them when we are not there. Hopefully by next month she will have bonded with the group even more and lost her dependence on the avics a little so she is less panicky when the birds are released.  October 2011:  The baby of the group is now very much part of the large flock of last year's and this year’s birds that have been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather gorging themselves on crane flies across the moors. September 2012: Pippa has adapted well to life with the Somerset flock and she and her cohort are all behaving as naturally as any wild cranes.  They have spent the summer feeding on the un-seasonally flooded grasslands of the Moors and Levels in small fragmented groups, but as autumn rolls in they are starting to flock again and follow the harvest.  January 2014: 2013 was quite uneventful for Pippa, spending the spring and summer on Aller moor and West Sedgemoor, the autumn feeding in and around the Stoke St. Gregory Ridge and Stanmoor and the winter flood period on Stanmoor pastures, pulling up worms as part of a large flock. July 2015: During the spring of 2014 Pippa paired up with Cosmo, a 2010 male, and the pair spent the summer on a private raised-water level area near Martock, where at least one of the pair were moulting.  The autumn and winter were spent with the main Somerset flock and Pippa was clearly still paired with Cosmo in the early Spring of 2015.  The pair disappeared for a couple of months in May/June although there were occasional sightings of a pair of unidentified cranes at the quiet rushy site that the pair had been the previous year, and then sightings of single birds (still not id’d) through May. Pippa and Cosmo were then both re-sighted together in this same location in mid June, without any chicks. We have very strong suspicions that this pair made an unsuccessful breeding attempt at this location.  Fingers crossed for 2016! February 2016: Pippa spent the autumn and winter on the Somerset Levels and Moors.  It is not yet clear if she is paired up with Cosmo again.  Watch this space!  July 16 Set up territory on Wetmoor, Somerset during February. Incubation started at the end of March but failed after 6 days, possibly predated by crows. No further attempts made.

Crane Champions

  • The Somerset Distillery & Burrow Hill Cider Farm
  • Kingsbury Primary School
  • Pippa Taylor, Oak Class teacher, Elmhurst School
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