Sex: Male

Hatch date: 19 May 2018

Release date: 19 Jun 2018

Release site: Lady Fen, WWT Welney

Latest sighting: RSPB Pilot Project, Apr 2021

Guardian: not yet, become a Guardian

Photo credit: WWT

The beginning of his story...
Godfrey's egg was collected from arable farmland near the RSPB Nene Washes, one of the 'muddy eggs' we feared wouldn't survive. She beat the odds and hatched on 19 May.

Back to the wild...
Godfrey was released with the largest group of 2018, including his sister Gerty. 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 his story continues...
May 2020. Godfrey is back at the Ouse Washes, along with his sister Gerty. Both birds spotted at the RSPB Pilot Project site.
June 2020. Godfrey is spotted at RSPB Ouse Washes.
March 2021. Godfrey is seen at WWT Welney.
April 2021. Godfrey spends most of his time at the Pilot Project site near the Ouse Washes but is also seen once at the Nene Washes.

How was she named?
Godfrey was a popular suggestion when we asked for name ideas in spring 2018. Godfrey was chosen by Angela Foster on Facebook and by Catherine Darby Photographs, Darryl Scholey, Elaine Ground, Helen Brockelbank, Joe Colwill, and Laurasaurus on Twitter.


Latest update: 3/7/21