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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: Female
  • 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. 2018: Unpaired - No nesting attempts. 2019: Paired up but no nesting attempts. 2020: Paired up - possible breeding attempt. 2021: One unsuccessful breeding attempt. 2022: Three unsuccessful breeding attempts.
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed

Character profile:

January 2015: Blue White Black (Roas) was a  gangly crane as a chick. She gave the impression of being an awkward teen – with a rather odd gait. She is the sibling of White Green Black – who is also rather gangly so perhaps it's in the genes!  She has become quite a gingery-headed juvenile, with a contrasting dark bill and she has some beautiful cinnamon-coloured bustle feathers.  She has been named Rosa and championed by Beate Blahy and the team from The Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve in Germany.  There is a history of Rosa's in the Biosphere...and we hope our very own English Rose will be just as successful. Rosa remained part of the main group of birds that spent the first winter around Southlake and Aller Moors. July 2015: Rosa 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: Rosa 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:  Remained with the flock throughout the year.    Sept 18:   Remained in Somerset but no nesting attempts reported.  Observed in August with the flock in Somerset.     Sept 2019: Rosa remained in Somerset over winter 2018/19 and was observed on several occasions on West Sedgemoor with an unringed bird with whom she may be paired -  mainly feeding.  There was no evidence of a nesting attempt.  She was observed with the flock on Aller moor in late August.    2020:  No evidence of breeding, but possible as Rosa and an unringed bird appeared to hold a territory on West Sedgemoor.  Rosa has been observed regularly with the flock on West Sedgemoor during the Autumn.   Sept 2021:   Rosa was observed on West Sedgemoor, Somerset from January to March with her unringed mate.  Incubation on their West Sedgemoor nest was confirmed on March 18th.  By 11th April both birds observed off the nest.   A mating was witnessed and they were back on territory 19th April.  By14th May they were still on territory but no sign of re-lay. The pair observed regularly on territory in August and September.     Autumn 2022:   Rosa and her unringed mate remained on their territory on West Sedgemoor, Somerset  Levels and Moors as well as with the flock over the winter.  Their first incubation started on 20th March but failed after 6 days.  The second started on 16th April and failed after 5 days. The third attempt started on 13th May and failed after 3 days.  They have been seen on territory and with the flock on W Sedgemoor during the Autumn.




Crane Champions

  • Vielfalt Biosphere - Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve, Brandenburg.

Photos of Rosa

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