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Cherry

Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

Cherry
  • Red
  • White
  • 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: Female
  • Date of Hatching (birthday): 3 May, 2013
  • Date of Release: 12 September, 2013
  • Tracking Tag: Satellite tracking
  • Status: Alive, unpaired, no breeding attempts. 2016: No known nesting attempts. 2017: One nesting attempt - abandoned
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed
  • Paired with: Cleg

Character profile:

June 2013: Cherry is the oldest of the 2013 birds and is developing into a tall, graceful crane.  She is closely attached to the costumed parents, but is also happy to socialise with the other birds when 'mum and dad' aren’t around. Cherry is the sister of Cotton - also a female bird.  She has been fitted with a state-of-the-art Ecotone leg-mounted GPS tag. January 2014: Cherry 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. January 2015: Cherry remained in Somerset throughout 2014.  Towards the end of the 2014 year, she was seen less frequently, however, and with the group largely fragmented at the close of the year we are currently awaiting a re-sighting. July 2015:  Cherry was re-sighted in the Spring, and apart from a short trip to Slimbridge in April 2015 along with some of her 2013 cohort, she remained part of the Somerset flock through the spring, feeding on Northmoor (Aller), Northmoor near East Lyng and West Sedgemoor.  February 2016: Cherry 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: Remained on in Somerset and set up territory on Walton Moor in North Somerset with Shadow and performing mating rituals but there is no evidence of nest preparation this season.   Nov 17:  Cherry remained  in Somerset  in the Walton Moor area until early May.  Tracking records showed Cleg in the same area.  On 8th May they were discovered at Greylake already incubating.  The nest was abandoned soon after.  It is possible she stayed with Cleg who is known to have remained at Greylake through the summer. Both birds seen with the flock in the Autumn.   

Crane Champions

  • All Hallows Preparatory School, Cranmore, Somerset
All Hallows Preparatory School

Photos of Cherry

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