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Wiz

Profile Picture and Leg Ring Combination Code

Wiz
  • Black
  • Yellow
  • Blue

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): 3 May, 2012
  • Date of Release: 18 September, 2012
  • Tracking Tag: Radio tracking
  • Status: Alive. Currently un-paired No breeding attempts. 2016: No known nesting attempts. 2017: No known nesting attempts
  • Life Status: Alive
  • Champion Status: Championed

Character profile:

September 2012: Initially Wiz was a very shy bird who did not bond to the crane parents. Over time he became aggressive and seemed to enjoy picking on the other birds when they were trying to rest - not the way to become popular. He has a unique walk due to one of his toes on his left food being crooked from a young age.  Once down in Somerset, however, his overall disposition seemed to mellow, and he became content to integrate and forage with the rest of the flock. January 2013:  As autumn turned into winter, the cranes began to flock together to look for food, which they found in plentiful supply in the form of maize left in fields from the harvest.  All 48 have been spending most of their time either feeding in the maize stubbles or on the pastures of Stanmoor, completely unperturbed by the surrounding floodwater.  January 2014:  2013 was quite uneventful for Wiz.  The spring and summer were spent split between Aller Moor and West Sedgemoor, and as the autumn drew on, feeding was amongst the flock along the Stoke St. Gregory Ridge, and on Stanmoor.  With the deep and prolonged flooding of December and January, the group remained on Stanmoor which was relatively flood-free, feeding in waterlogged fields on worms.   July 2015: In early spring 2014 it appeared that Wiz was forming a pair-bond with Elizabeth Royal  - a good choice! However, the romance was short-lived and Wiz spent the summer mooching with the crowd of non-breeding birds on the Somerset Levels and Moors.  The winter of 2014/15 was spent largely uneventfully in Somerset too, and with the onset of spring 2015 Wiz remained un-paired.  We hope he will find a partner in 2016.  February 2016: Wiz remained in Somerset all winter and by February was still not clearly paired with any particular bird. July 16: There is no evidence of either pairing or nest preparation this season. July 17:  Wiz was seen with Margaret on Wetmoor in early March but no nesting attempt was evident.  In April he was seen with Acorn.  Back with the flock in the Autumn.

Crane Champions

  • Shepton Beauchamp VC CofE Primary School

Photos of Wiz

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