Crane (Common Crane) Grus grus

A small population of this species has existed in the Norfolk Broads for a number of years now, and is doing well. The species is normally migratory in Europe, but the Norfolk birds are present all year round. They do get about though, particularly in spring, and records of birds moving along the north Norfolk coast and elsewhere are frequent. In the last 2-3 years a pair has taken up residence at Lakenheath RSPB reserve in Suffolk and is now breeding there, crossing the river into Norfolk regularly (these are the same birds photographed at Hockwold below). Recently wild birds are reported to have joined the captive birds at Pensthorpe and a pair is reported to have bred this year at a nearby location.

This species looks set to be the subject of another pointless reintroduction attempt, despite the fact that it is doing so well under its own steam. The birds at Pensthorpe sometimes escape and some reports from around Norfolk may relate to these birds, possibly including the Warham Greens birds below.

Apart from the small Norfolk population, this species is a rare migrant from Europe.

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Crane, Horsey (Norfolk, UK), 21st November 2004

 

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Crane, Hockwold (Norfolk, UK), 25th July 2009

 

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Cranes, Horsey (Norfolk, UK), 17th December 2011

 

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Cranes, Martham Broad (Norfolk, UK), 10th November 2013

 

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Crane, Horsey (Norfolk, UK), 15th October 2005

 

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Cranes, Waxham (Norfolk, UK), 1st January 2009

 

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Cranes, Warham Greens (Norfolk, UK), 25th May 2009

 

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Cranes, Stiffkey Fen (Norfolk, UK), 3rd October 2015

 

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Cranes, near Wrentham (Suffolk, UK), 7th November 1999

 

Crane, Hockwold (Norfolk, UK), 2nd May 2009

 

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Cranes, Billockby (Norfolk, UK), 21st February 2015

 

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Cranes, between West Somerton and Horsey (Norfolk, UK), 3rd April 2016

 

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Cranes, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 20th April 2016

 

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captive Cranes, Pensthorpe (Norfolk, UK), 9th March 2014