Reed Warbler defies the odds!

In the world of birds almost anything is possible, including the well nigh impossible. Chance and fate are frequently major players in the provision of a never ending stream of surprises when it comes to discovering birds in places where – and when – you would least expect them.
On Sunday 14th August John Woolett and his ringing group trapped and ringed a number of birds, including a Reed Warbler, at their regular ringing site, Stortons Gravel Pits, Northampton.

Nearly a month later, on 9th September, while ringing birds at St Andre, Portugal, John retrapped the very same Reed Warbler he had ringed at Stortons on 14th August. How amazing is that?! Same ringer, same bird, different country. What are the odds of this happening? I don’t know but I’ll be getting John to pick my lottery numbers from now on …

John Woolett with Reed Warbler (Lucy Ryan)

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