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The beginning of her story...
Birch's egg was collected from the RSPB Nene Washes on 27 April 2018, and hatched 23 days later on 20 May.
Back to the wild...
Birch was released with the largest group of 2018, including her brother Budly. The 21 birds were released on Lady Fen at WWT Welney on 19 June. Birch is fitted with a geolocator so, in future, may help us map the godwits' migratory route.
And her story continues...
April 2019. Birch is spotted at the RSPB Nene Washes and appears to be paired with an un-ringed male.
May 2019. Birch is nesting at the RSPB Nene Washes
June 2019. Birch has left the RSPB Nene Washes and is seen at WWT Welney.
April to May 2021. After a year with no sightings, Birch is spotted again at the RSPB Nene Washes.
How was she named?
Birch was suggested by @SuestephensonM when we asked for name ideas on social media.
She has also been nicknamed WOW by the field team because of her colour ring combination and her impressive size!