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Ted

Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

Black Yellow Black
  • Black
  • Yellow
  • 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): 24 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: Not yet

Character profile:

January 2015: Black Yellow Black  (Ted) is a very dominant crane and is also one of the tallest and stockiest of the cranes. He developed the nickname 'Kingpin' on account of his dominance in the group. Initially he was colour tagged red and green - but to avoid confusion with red blue in the field, he will be ringed Black Yellow Black. He had a lovely white patch on its throat as a chick that resembled a dog-collar (earning the nick-name 'Ted' after Father Ted) which then grew into an elongated white stripe as he matured.  He has no siblings.  By the winter his white patch had now completely disappeared - but he's still Ted. He is one a group of 9 young birds that broke away from the main flock to spend most of December 2014 on Kingsmoor.  July 2015: Ted 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: Ted 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: Remained in Somerset throughout the year with no sign of pairing up.

Photos of Ted

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