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The beginning of his story...
Unable to nest on the Nene Washes due to flooding, Tom's parents nested on nearby farmland. His egg, caked in mud, was carefully cleaned and incubated at WWT Welney. He hatched on 19 May 2018.
Back to the wild...
Tom was released with his brother Twiggy, as part of the largest release of 2018: 21 birds released at Lady Fen, WWT Welney on 19 June.
And his story continues...
March 2019. Tom is spotted at Giganta ricefields in Ponta da Ervathe, Portugal. The first sighting of a headstarted bird in 2019! May 2020. Tom is back at WWT Welney! He is paired with an un-ringed female. June 2020. Tom is seen at RSPB Ouse Washes.
How was he named?
Tom was named after Thomas Daniels (1924-2018). Tom was the grandfather of a member of the project team and always liked to feed the birds in his garden.