Sightings of Common Crane
in S. Glos are clouded by birds fro the Great Crane
Project reintroduction programme. In light of that all
reports will be recorded for posterity.
Two were seen in flight north over Pilning
Wetland on March 25th. SEPTEMBER: One heard calling and
lifting from a field between Alveston and Tockington on
Three were seen circling over Oldbury Power
Station on the 23rd at 12:50 before drifting south towards
Thornbury. The same (assumed) three individuals were noted
heading north from Severn Beach at 16:30. MARCH:
Three were seen briefly on the 15th in the
morning in flight over Thornbury. They approached from the
south-west over Gloucester Road/ Charles Close and departed
north-east towards Oldbury Power Station; Two birds circled low
over Pilning Wetland around 15:00 on the 17th before departing
east and north.
One was heard calling inland from the Severn Way in the
Shepperdine area on the 17th. MAY:
Two were seen over Oldbury Power Station at 09:45 on the 5th;
Six birds were seen in flight north over Easter Compton (from
the Wild Places Project, Cribbs Causeway) at 15:00 on the 12th;
Four were noted in flight west over Wick at 10:30 on the 17th.
OCTOBER: Two unringed adults were found on Northwick
Warth early morning on the 7th remaining a short while
before departing east.
MARCH: A flock of five were seen heading north-west
over Olveston at 13:55 on the 18th and were presumed to be
wandering birds from the Great Crane Project;
One of unknown provenance was seen on the 27th
in flight over Pilning Wetland on Northwick Warth before
departing north east. The observer noted that no legs rings were
Five were watched for ten minutes over Tytherington at 14:45 before
gaining height and moving south on the 5th;
One probably this species, was seen circling over Streamleaze,
Thornbury between 13:30 and 1400 on the 13th before departing
Two were noted in flight over Oldbury Power Station at 11:05 on
the 4th. They circled over Shepperdine gaining height and
departed south-west. They were seen again over Thornbury Yacht
Club and continued down river over the central span of the old
Severn Bridge and were lost to view at 11: 40.
APRIL: From the 'Great Crane Project': Three were seen by two observers on the 9th in flight
and being mobbed by Sparrowhawk in the Castle Farm area
at Marshfield at 11:50.This is the first
record for the Marshfield patch;
Three were relocated on the 10th in fields between
Oldbury Power Station and Shepperdine at 10:30 for
twenty minutes before heading north-east; Seven birds
were noisy visitors
over-flying Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station at 16:20
and heading south-west on the 25th!
Two flew upriver past Oldbury
Power Station at 17:00 on the 27th.
MAY: One was
seen circling high over Kingswood, Bristol at 11:25 on
the 4th before departing north-north-east.
An un-ringed individual was seen in flight at
10:45 over Pilning Wetland and New Passage before
departing south-west on September 22nd.
From the 'Great Crane Project':
Four were seen in flight over
to the north east at 14:00 at Oldbury Power Station on
One flew over Oldbury Power Station at 11:40 on April
22nd soaring and gaining height before drifting off
south west; Six were reported on May 16th from Severn
Three were seen flying
north over Kingswood at ST: 658 740 at around 11:00 on
April 5th. One was reported over the R.
Avon at Hanham at 13:00 on April 6th.
One was seen in flight heading north over Aust
Warth around 09:30 on March 2nd.
One was seen at Oldbury Power Station on May 4th
from Lagoon II at around 16:00 flying north-east
before being lost to view just seconds later.
On February 25th a presumed family party of five
were located in stubble fields at Tortworth. The
group consisted of two adults and three sub
adults and were present in the area until March
Two were noted on January 3rd over Severn Beach.
They were seen in flight heading low eastwards
and watched heading inland where they were lost
to view. This is the first documented
reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.