Willow Warbler and the World Migratory Bird Day

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!

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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.


About Olli Laasanen

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11 Responses to Willow Warbler and the World Migratory Bird Day

  1. delimaf says:

    Wonderful!!! Thanks much!

  2. Beautiful pictures!!!

  3. Rigby says:

    Is there any photography genre in which you do not excel? Shots worthy of an encyclopaedia. What delightful markings on the closed wings of these tiny creatures. We have several birds about the size of a man’s thumb here, and I can’t help feeling astonished that with such minuscule brains these birds are as savvy, intelligent and capable of doing everything required to survive, as larger brained animals. The ability to migrate such vast distances alone is astonishing…I’d not like to try it without a compass and maps and everything else… Perhaps our big brains are not such wonderful organs after all.

  4. Kunihya Ayuba says:

    Hi, I got one of the birds today on my experiment farm with a tag on it’s leg indicating Finland. It was trapped in the net I used to protect my experiment from birds attack. I snapped it’s pictures and let it go. It actually revealed to me how long these beautiful creatures can travel. I will love to know the people working on this bird please. I am Kunihya Ayuba, from Kano – Nigeria. I will love to hear from you through my email please

    • Thank you Kunihya for your excellent discover and comment! I have sent your contact information to Luomus, the Finnish Museum of Natural History. They take care of the bird ringing information and follow-up.

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