Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) is the most common bird in Finland. The population of Willow Warblers in Europe is about 40 million pairs. One fifth of those nests here in Finland.
Though their number is four times the population of Finland, we do not notice them very easily. They are just those “small little brown birds” hiding in the pushes.
These tiny 11-12 cm long, 10 gram birds migrate from southern Africa to the far north of Europe and Asia. What a proof of strength and stamina!
I have a reason to blog this right now. This weekend 10-11 May we are having World Migratory Bird Day. From the event’s web site:
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate WMBD.
Migratory birds connect all corners and almost every environment of the world along their migration paths. WMBD is a global event and also hopes to connect the world, and bring together organizations, governments and dedicated people to protect migratory birds for future generations.
Let’s enjoy our small friends not only this weekend but though the year, and everywhere.