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The beginning of her story...
Unable to nest on the Nene Washes due to flooding, Wedge's parents nested on nearby farmland. Her egg, caked in mud, was carefully cleaned and incubated at WWT Welney. She hatched on 22 May 2018.
Back to the wild...
Wedge was released with her sister Rosti and brother Chip, as part of the largest release of 2018: 21 birds released at Lady Fen, WWT Welney on 19 June. Wedge and her siblings stuck together after release and were spotted by birdwatchers together at RSPB Titchwell Nature Reserve on the north Norfolk coast in August.
And her story continues...
August 2018. Wedge is spotted on the north Norfolk coast with Chip, Rosti and Chopstick (read the blog here).
February 2019. Wedge is seen at the Giganta Ricefields in Portugal.
Is the sighting in Portugal in February a sign that Wedge will return to the Fens in 2019?
How was she named?
In 2018, the eggs collected from arable farmland were so muddy they resembled potatoes, and were affectionately called 'the potatoes' by our project aviculturists! In honour of this, we named one brood Chip, Rosti and Wedge, and another Maris, Desiree and Jersey.