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Somerset Sightings Map

Summer/Autumn 2020 Update

There were a record 26 pairs of release project cranes that held territories across the SouthWest of England this Spring with many of these going on to make breeding attempts. Monitoring was halted during 'lockdown' but we have been able to start catching up with the outcomes of the breeding season and unsuccessful breeding pairs, as well as unpaired 1st and 2nd year birds, plus a small number of pairs with fledged youngsters are now being seen around the Levels and Moors. The brown-headed youngsters can be picked out amongst the flock and they also make a distinctive squeaking call in flight - unlike the deep 'chirr-rupp - chirr-rupp' flight call of the adults. Try scanning for birds out on West Sedgemoor from the Fivehead Ridge or keep an eye out whilst walking the banks of the River Parrett between Oath and Stathe.

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Latest sightings

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Seen 2 years 13 weeks ago by jimday
Seen 3 years 13 weeks ago by Casseyhains
Seen 3 years 14 weeks ago by Dwebwizard
Seen 3 years 18 weeks ago by Julie Knight
Seen 3 years 23 weeks ago by Hannah Aitken
Seen 3 years 26 weeks ago by brainsxv
Seen 3 years 35 weeks ago by wren88