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Somerset

Wanderers return.

The three cranes that went wandering last weekend returned on Friday - and the flock is once more made up of 34 birds.  We received no sightings of them whilst apart from the remaining 31 so sadly, we have no idea where they were! This weekend has also seem the flock split at times into smaller groups, which were seen using the thermals created in the unseasonally warm and sunny weather to  explore further afield.

Wild cranes on the loose!

Another wild, unringed crane has turned up in Somerset - seen on Feb 6th near Frome and yesterday (7th ) on Chilton Moor (from the road between near Eddington and Burtle) and then later in the day at Catcott Lows Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve.   Perhaps it will join up with the release birds?  Watch this space!  

 

 

 

Want to See the cranes...? Book on a Date with Nature!

The RSPB is running six 'Dates with the cranes' - starting on Friday 20 January. These events will include: 

The Great Crane Project - Job Vacancy

Christmas Shoes finds a friend!

Have-a-go Cosmo

Cosmo  - having a go at Albert who is trying to feed within the pen.

Despite all this aggression, the 2010 and 2011 birds are now getting along well, and regularly feeding and roosting together.

Photo - Nick Upton  (thanks Nick!)

All loved up in Somerset

  Minnie, Squidgy and Vince - a bizarre love triangle ??

All hands to the net!

Carrying the net into place

 

 Carrying the net into place...

Cranes in the Community

  

Spent a lovely day on Saturday at Othery Street Fair, where the return of the cranes to Somerset was celebrated by The Othery Society.  A marvelous crane nest float, complete with new hatched chicks and painted eggs, was paraded along the street.

The Old Order Changeth...?

  Tamsin, Reg, Sedge and Monty in April (John Crispin)