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Reintroduced cranes have hatched 2 chicks

Screengrab from webcam, 2 pm 19th May. Parents are Chris and Monty. They failed last year, but so far everything has gone well this time.

Reintroduced cranes have hatched 2 chicks
gentle lemur, 19 May 2014
    • gentle lemur
      Screengrab from webcam, 2 pm 19th May.

      Parents are Chris and Monty. They failed last year, but so far everything has gone well this time.
    • Pertinax
      Do you know what day they hatched?

      They are a year older and the weather is better this year, so fingers crossed.

      I wonder if one or two of the other oldest pairs have nested too (but not at Slimbridge).
    • gentle lemur
      From comments on the webcam, one chick was seen briefly on Sunday - but they both left the nest yesterday. I have only had a couple of quick webcam views today, they are in an area of longer grass so I haven't seen the chicks: one of the adults has always been sitting down, probably brooding as the weather is cooler. There is another pair nesting at Slimbridge, but I haven't seen them and know no further news.
      The GCP website says that 2 pairs nested in the Somerset Levels, but both lost their eggs to predators.

      I checked the webcam again before posting this. I saw Monty stand up and both chicks were revealed, having a disagreement as crane chicks do :)

      Alan
    • Pertinax
      From what I can gather, I'm presuming that despite high hopes, there has been no successful breeding of Cranes at either Slimbridge or on the Somerset Levels(where two nests have failed) in 2015.
    • gentle lemur
      It's been a disappointing year. I thought there might be a second attempt by a pair at Slimbridge, but nothing happened AFAIK.

      Alan
    • Pertinax
      Thankyou.

      The Great Bustards on Salisbury Plan actually bested them this year, having, for the first time, reared at least one chick to fledging stage- though it was hatched in the foxproof release pen so its growth period was largely predator free.;)
    • Adrian k
      I visited today and was told one chick fledged last year it wasn't seen for around 2 weeks and thought to have been taken but was seen again late.
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