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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, 2013
  • Date of Release: 12 September, 2013
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: 2016: No known nesting attempts. 2017: No known nesting attempts. 2018: Probable breeding - thought to have successfully hatched a chick or chicks which then failed to fledge. 2019: No known breeding attempt. 2020: No known breeding attempt. 2021: No known breeding attempt. 2022: No known breeding attempt.
  • Life Status: Unknown
  • Champion Status: Championed

Character profile:

June 2013: Acornis quite similar in character to Lucky, but noisier.  This crane seems quite highly-strung when being fed around other birds but is content to socialise the rest of the time. The heaviest crane, when measured at the end of June. She turns out to be another female crane, but has a male brother – Lucky. January 2014: Acorn was released in mid September and quickly integrated with the older birds, spending the autumn foraging with the flock on West Sedgemoor, along the Stoke St. Gregory ridge, and the winter on splashy pasture land on Stanmoor near the village of Stoke St. Gregory. The deep and prolonged flooding that affected the Levels and Moors through December and January does not seem to have had much of an effect on the new cohorts' welfare or integration.  She flies with both legs dangling down - which is a shame - but the dangle does not manifest in any kind of limp or disability when walking.  January 2015: Acorn spent all of 2014 around the Levels and Moors with the main flock and appears to be thriving. July 2015: The spring of 2015 saw Acorn remain part of the non-breeding flock on the moors that spent a lot of time on Northmoor (Aller), Northmoor near East Lyng, and West Sedgemoor.  February 2016: Acorn spent all the autumn and winter of 2015/16 on the Somerset Levels and Moors spending time in the main flock largely on Wetmoor, Aller moor, and West Sedgemoor.  She is not yet obviously paired with any particular bird - but this could all change over the next few weeks...July 16: She remained in Somerset but there is no evidence of either pairing or nest preparation this season.   Nov 17:She remained in Somerset and was seen with both Wiz and Gary but there is no evidence of true pairing or nest preparation this season.   Sept 18:  A farmer in the Kingsmoor area reported breeding of cranes with two chicks being reared, and one of the cranes flying with dangly legs.  Sept 2019:  Observed with another crane on Kingsmoor/Whitcombe Bottom, Somerset, on 18th February.  Seen with unringed bird feeding together on Kingsmoor 17th May.  No sign of nesting.   Acorn was identified in flight on 15th September.     2020:    Observed ( photographed) on 4th March with an unringed bird on   Kingsmoor, Somerset. Observed again on 17th and identified  in flight (due to dangly legs) during the season - no evidence of a breeding attempt.  Acorn was observed with the flock on West Sedgemoor in November.   Sept 2021:   Any breeding activity remains unknown.  She was observed with the flock on West Sedgemoor, Somerset in late Autumn. Autumn 2022: Acorn has not been sighted so far this year.          

Crane Champions

  • Trull CofE Primary School

Photos of Acorn

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