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Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

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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: Male
  • Date of Hatching (birthday): 14 May, 2013
  • Date of Release: 12 September, 2013
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: Alive, unpaired, no breeding attempts. 2016: No known nesting attempts. 2017: No known nesting attempts.
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed

Character profile:

June 2013: Stowford started off as a calm and chilled out individual, but began to square up to the other larger cranes that used to chase him out of the way.  He loves foraging for slugs! He is the sibling of Manfred, his brother.  Amy's favourite this year, and named Stowford, after Amy's fondness of cider. January 2014: Stowford 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 the winter 2013/14 did not seem to have had much of an effect on the new cohorts' welfare or integration. January 2015: Stowford 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. July 2015: The spring of 2015 saw Stowford remain part of the non-breeding flock on the 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 does appear to be paired up with any particular bird - but the onset of the Spring could change all this!  July 16: There is no evidence of either pairing or nest preparation this season.   

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Photos of Stowford

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