Sex: Male

Hatch date: 28 May 2018

Release date: 27 Jun 2018

Release site: RSPB Nene Washes

Latest sighting: WWT Welney, Jun 2021

Guardian: Hillcrest Primary School - Tethys Class and Hilgay Riverside Academy - Tawny Owl Class

Photo credit: Project Godwit/WWT

The beginning of his story...
Hurricane was collected as an egg from the RSPB Nene Washes in early May 2018. Unusually, Hurricane's nest contained a total of five eggs. Most godwits lay clutches of four eggs, occasionally three and rarely five. He hatched on 28 May 2018.

Back to the wild...
Hurricane was released with his four siblings - Inga, Atty, Zancos and Fimmti - and 10 other headstarted birds back at the RSPB Nene Washes on 27 July 2018. Hurricane is fitted with a geolocator so, in future, may help us map the godwits' migratory route.

And his story continues...
March 2019. Hurricane is spotted near Valencia in Spain.
May & June 2019. Hurricane is still in Spain!
February 2020. Hurricane is seen at the Giganta rice fields near the Tagus Estuary in Portugal.
May 2020. Hurricane is spotted back at WWT Welney!
June 2020. Hurricane moves between RSPB Ouse Washes and WWT Welney.
February to March 2021. Hurricane is seen many times at the Ricefields L'Albufera in Spain.
April to May 2021. Hurricane breeds at the Nene Washes.
June 2021. Hurricane heads over to WWT Welney.

How was he named?
Hurricane was suggested by Paul Herring via Facebook when we asked for name ideas on social media in 2018. Paul chose Hurricance after the aircraft, another iconic flying machine. Did you know? In the 1940s, the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy had a training base called HMS Godwit.


Latest update: 3/7/21