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Common Cranes in winter (1 Viewer)

Patrycja

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Poland
I am looking for information about Common Cranes wintering in Europe, especially about their habitat in winter. Do some of them stay in wooded swamps then, (in their breeding habitat), or do all of them move to open areas, like fields, lakes or wetlands? I need to read some scientific papers on this topic, but I could not find any.
 

GiG

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United Nations
I am looking for information about Common Cranes wintering in Europe, especially about their habitat in winter. Do some of them stay in wooded swamps then, (in their breeding habitat), or do all of them move to open areas, like fields, lakes or wetlands? I need to read some scientific papers on this topic, but I could not find any.

Some information here on the Cranes wintering in Extremadura - http://visit-western-spain.com/the-crane-grus-grus-in-extremadura/.

I was in the area several years ago but too late to see them.
 

3Italianbirders

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Italy
In South West France they occur in stubble maize fields
Same here in Tuscany. Also stubble rice fields in a specific area in a costal plain. Both corn and rice fields are next to one of the largest wetland areas in central Italy and to the mouth of a good-sized river.
 

Jon Turner

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The flock at La Janda (extreme south west Spain) are generally out in the open on harvested rice paddies and sunflower fields. Up to 600 last time I was there.
 

Deb Burhinus

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Europe
I am looking for information about Common Cranes wintering in Europe, especially about their habitat in winter. Do some of them stay in wooded swamps then, (in their breeding habitat), or do all of them move to open areas, like fields, lakes or wetlands? I need to read some scientific papers on this topic, but I could not find any.
Where I am, (Norfolk/Cambridgeshire/Suffolk borders) in Eastern England, UK, our breeding Cranes migrate short distances from their breeding sites (which are primarily wetland habitat with extensive reed growth) to form a larger winter roosting flock which then feed separately on agricultural fields during the day this being their preferred winter habitat here - they are otherwise quite territorial). The count in the winter flock this year was 78 individuals at one point, the highest numbers in recent times in Britain - certainly one of the major conservation successes with the help of cross-agency involvement. Wet weather flooded the fields this autumn and they moved to another location with similar feeding opportunities and roosting habitat - feeding on root vegetables - we have a lot of sugar beet in Norfolk and potatoes (the farmers often provide supplementary feeding with potatoes!), slugs (we have a lot of those too 😁) and of course maize stubble. They stay in highly socialised groups throughout the winter before separating and head back to their respective breeding grounds late February/March where they (hopefully) will again nest in the vast reed beds we have at Lakenheath or the vast marshlands of the Cambridgeshire Fens and Suffolk breeding sites.

Cranes form winter roosts at the Nene Washes
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You may find this helpful as background to our Cranes in the East of England

 

albatross02

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I am looking for information about Common Cranes wintering in Europe, especially about their habitat in winter. Do some of them stay in wooded swamps then, (in their breeding habitat), or do all of them move to open areas, like fields, lakes or wetlands? I need to read some scientific papers on this topic, but I could not find any.
Some of Cranes I see almost each year west of Berlin.
Maybe 10 until 50 in area of lake Rietzer See ( lake with reed and agriculture area around ), Great Bustard area near Buckow/ Nennhausen ( gras area with agriculture around ), lake Gülper See ( lake with wetland, reed and agriculture area around ).
In December was also many Great Buntings there.
 

Vollmeise

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Around 600 cranes do winter at Helmestausee / Sachsen-Anhalt in Germany (e.g. 581 cranes at Feb 5, 2021). Up to 40.000 do stop there for resting in autumn.

They spend the nights in the middle of spacious areas, probably to be safe from nocturnal predators.
 

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