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The beginning of his story...
Mitchell was collected as an egg from the Nene Washes in April 2019.
Back to the wild...
Mitchell was released with his two siblings - Hewston and Thorney - and 18 other headstarted birds at Lady Fen, WWT Welney on 17 June 2019, the first release of that year.
And his story continues...
April to June 2021. Mitchell is back at WWT Welney and spends the breeding season there.
June 2021. Mitchell is seen at RSPB Titchwell in north Norfolk.
How was he named?
Mitchell was named in honour of the Scottish soldiers brought to the Fens as prisoners of war in the 17th century. These soldiers built the New Bedford River (forming the Ouse Washes) and many of the other drainage works that created the modern landscape of the Fens. Mitchell is one of the family names of soldiers listed in the Adventurers’ Minute Books.