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Pickles

Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

Black White Blue (Pickles)
  • Black
  • 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: Male
  • Date of Hatching (birthday): 7 May, 2012
  • Date of Release: 18 September, 2012
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: Alive. Not obviously paired with any particular bird. No breeding attempts. 2016: No known nesting attempts. 2017: No known nesting attempts
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed
  • Paired with: Patience

Character profile:

September 2012: Pickles is sibling of Jasper.  He is the youngest of the group but despite that, he still tried to become the most dominant bird of the group whilst at Slimbridge - an attempt that sadly failed. During the early stages of his growth, he developed slightly bowed legs.  Metal splints were used to stop the bow from worsening, allowing him to progress normally and to be brought to Somerset in preparation for the release.  Since then, he remains a bold bird but knows his place is a little further down the hierarchy. He socialises well with the dominant birds and loves the water. He also had a growth spurt shortly before transfer to Somerset - and you really wouldn't know that he is the youngest. On release day - he was the first of this years birds to befriend some of the older cohort - boldly flying off with three of them to feed in the meadows all afternoon with a gang of 29 older cranes.  He was 'dropped off' back at the pen by these older birds flying over later in the day. What a star!  January 2013: 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 on Stanmoor, completely un-phased by the surrounding floodwater.  January 2014:  2013 was quite uneventful for Pickles.  The spring and summer were spent split between Aller Moor and West Sedgemoor, and as the autumn drew on, feeding was amongst the flock along 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: Spring of 2014 saw Pickles make no obvious pair bonds with any particular birds and he remained part of the non-breeding flock all summer and autumn.  The winter of 2014/15 was spent on the Somerset Levels and Moors feeding away as part of the main flock.   Pickles disappeared in early April 2015 and has not been seen.  We hope for a re-sighting soon. February 2016: Pickles turned up (much to everyone's relief) in September - perhaps he was moulting?  He remained on the Somerset Levels through the winter of 2015/16 with the main flock. He is not obviously paired with any particular bird.  July 16: Remained in Somerset but there is no evidence of either pairing or nest preparation this season. July 17:   This pair were seen together feeding on West Sedgemoor and Aller moor as well as Westmoor during the season but no nesting attempt was made this year.  Both seen with the flock in the Autumn.

Crane Champions

  • High Ham Primary School

Photos of Pickles

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