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Bombus

Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

Yellow Black Yellow
  • Yellow
  • Black
  • Yellow

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): 15 May, 2013
  • Date of Release: 12 September, 2013
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: Alive, appears paired with Bop Bop - no breeding attempts. 2016: No known nesting attempts
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed
  • Paired with: Bop-Bop

Character profile:

June 2013: Bombus the crane spends much of his time exploring the enclosure, and is quick to notice any unusual activity.  He is the sibling of Bop-bop.  Bombus developed his name due to his ring colours resemblance to the colours of a bee.  He was very keen to be with the older birds following release and was one of the first to go and try to integrate into the group.  He was given a good kicking of course - but stuck at it, and he is beginning to be tolerated by the older birds. January 2014: Bombus soon 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 the winter of 2013/14 did not seem to have had much of an effect on the new cohorts' welfare or integration. January 2015: Bombus spent all of 2014 as an integral part of the non-breeding and non-moulting flock on the Levels and Moors and towards the tail end of the year was frequently seen feeding in with a group on Southlake and Aller Moors to the west of Langport.    His radio tag has been playing up though - so he is often recorded during regular monitoring work as absent... even though he is there!   July 2015: Apart from a short trip to Slimbridge with some of his cohort in April 2015, the spring of 2015 saw Bombus remain part of the non-breeding flock on the Somerset moors, spending a lot of time on Northmoor (Aller), Northmoor near East Lyng and West Sedgemoor.  February 2016: Stowford  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. He has appeared to pair up with Bop Bop from the same cohort.  The onset of the Spring could see them head off to breed somewhere - watch this space! July 16: Remained in Somerset and was seen for a while with Bopbop but there is no evidence of either pairing or nest preparation this season.

Crane Champions

  • Badger Class, Churchstanton Primary School

Photos of Bombus

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