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Maple Glory

Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

Green White Blue
  • Green
  • White
  • Blue

What is this?

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): 4 May, 2012
  • Date of Release: 18 September, 2012
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: Alive. Paired with Wycliffe. Breeding attempt in 2015. 2015: Failed at egg stage (25-30 days) 2016: Made 1 nesting attempt, 2 eggs hatched but chicks predated
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed
  • Paired with: Wycliffe

Character profile:

September 2012: During the rearing phase, Maple was a very shy bird with very pale colouring and small stature. Although she initially struggled when introduced to the large final cohort, she turned into an adventurous individual and became highly active.  It took her a few days to properly settle in the Somerset release enclosure, but has now found her place in the flock and is comfortable foraging and flying with them. January 2015: As autumn turned to winter, the cranes began to flock together to look for food, which they found in plentiful supply in the form of maize left in fields from the harvest. All 48 have been spending most of their time either feeding in the maize stubble or down on Stanmoor, completely unperturbed by the surrounding floodwater.  January 2014:  2013 was quite uneventful for Maple-Glory.  The spring and summer were spent split between Aller Moor and West Sedgemoor, and as the autumn drew on, feeding was amongst the flock alolng the Stoke St. Gregory Ridge, and on Stanmoor.  With the deep and prolonged flooding of December and January, the group remained on Stanmoor which was relatively flood-free, feeding in waterlogged fields on worms.  July 2015: Apart from a few days in April 2014 spent at Slimbridge, Maple passed the spring, summer, and autumn of 2014 on the Somerset Levels and Moors as part of the non-breeding flock.  During this time Maple appeared to be forming a pair bond with Wycliffe (2012 male).  In the spring of 2015 this pair turned up at Otmoor RSPB reserve in Oxfordshire where they soon settled down and made a breeding attempt.  Sadly, the eggs were taken by a predator – probably a North American Mink - just about the time they were due to hatch.  The pair remained in Oxfordshire through June.  Both are at the age that they are due to moult, so they may remain at this wetland reserve until they have re-grown their flight feathers.  Maple is the only 2012 female to have laid eggs in the 2015 year, at 3 yrs old. February 2016: Maple and Wycliffe both returned to Somerset in the autumn and remained there all winter.  We would guess that they'll both head off to Otmoor at some point over the next few weeks for another breeeding attempt.  July 16: Returned to last year’s territory in Oxfordshire. Incubation started on 6 th April and eggs hatched on 7 th May. The chicks were predated after 17 days probably by a fox. There were no further known nesting attempts

Crane Champions

  • Maple Class, Woolavington Primary School

Photos of Maple Glory

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