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Patience

Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

Patience
  • White
  • 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: Female
  • Date of Hatching (birthday): 25 April, 2014
  • Date of Release: 25 August, 2014
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: 2016: No nesting attempts. 2017: No nesting attempts. 2018: 2 nesting attempts – first failed at egg stage, second hatched chick or chicks, which failed to fledge.
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed
  • Paired with: Pickles

Character profile:

January 2015: White Red Black (Patience) was clingy, nervous, and rather vocal as a chick, and has no siblings. She has matured into a lovely, elegant crane.  She is also developing a very dark fore-head - the darkest of the group this year.  She is one of this year's cohort that wears a back-pack mounted GPS data-logger as well as leg-mounted radio tag. She was one of a group of 9 youngsters that broke away from the main flock to spend most of December on Kingsmoor near the village of Illchester.  July 2015: Patience 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: Patience 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. She 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:  Appeared to be paired with Pickles (2012 male) but returned to the flock without attempting to breed.   Sept 18:   Seen with Pickles away from flock in December and then occasionally in other areas until April when they settled on W Sedgemoor.  Incubation on the first nest started on 17th April but the nest failed on 30th April.  They were back on territory on 5th May and observed mating.  Few sightings from then on but on 5th June incubation of a second nest was confirmed.  They were thought to have hatched from 1st July but the chick or chicks were never seen in the long vegetation.  The chick or chicks were lost by 13th July - cause unknown.

 

Crane Champions

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Photos of Patience

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