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Blue Red Black

Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

  • Blue
  • Red
  • Black

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): 26 April, 2014
  • Date of Release: 25 August, 2014
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: 2016: No nesting attempts. 2017: No nesting attempts.
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed

Character profile:

January 2015: As a chick Blue Red Black (Dillon) was a good follower, friendly, and loved life.  However - as he matured he became quite vindictive and bullying in nature.  After transfer to Somerset though, he has mellowed and is very much part of the group now. He is the sibling of White Yellow Black.  He has been fitted with a back-pack data logger.  He remained with the main group during the winter months feeding largely on Southlake and Aller Moors, to the west of Langport. July 2015: Dillon has spent the spring and summer mainly feeding on Nortmoor (Aller) and Northmoor near East Lyng, and roosting most of the time on West Sedgemoor.  The whole non-breeding flock appear to be thriving on the Levels and Moors this year. February 2016: Dillon spent a rather unremarkable  autumn and winter of 2015/16 on the Somerset Levels and Moors spending time in a flock that fed on the whole across Wetmoor, Aller moor, and West Sedgemoor. He is likely to remain as part of the non-breeding flock through the coming Spring and Summer.  July16: All the birds in this cohort are 2 years old and too young to breed so there were no nesting attempts. They have been in Somerset as far as can be ascertained but difficult to find and identify during the breeding season.  Nov 17:  Dillon has not been seen this year until recently so is unlikely to have attempted breeding.

Crane Champions

  • Harry Paget-Wilkes, Site Manager at West Sedgemoor on behalf of the RSPB West Sedgemoor Team

Photos of Dillon

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