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Viridor

Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

Blue Red Yellow
  • Blue
  • Red
  • 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): 13 May, 2013
  • Date of Release: 12 September, 2013
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: Alive, unpaired, no breeding attempts. 2016: No known nesting attempts
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed

Character profile:

June 2013: Viridor loves the water channel and she has a bath nearly every day.   She is a lone bird, her sibling egg being left in a German nest for her parents to rear, so she may well have a German brother or sister out there on the continent.  She was originally ringed with cable ties Blue Green, but a more visible leg-ring combination became available, Blue Red Yellow - which she will be ringed on release - so some of the photos may be confusing! July 2013: She has been named and championed by Viridor Waste Management.  It is the landfill tax money, provided by Viridor Waste Management to Viridor Credits Environmental Company, that has been supporting the project from the very start.  January 2014: Viridor 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: Viridor 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 Viridor 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: Viridor 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 in Somerset but there is no evidence of either pairing or nest preparation this season.

Crane Champions

  • Viridor Waste Management

Photos of Viridor

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