On the afternoon of the 20 February, Chris's tag sent tranmissions from southern Congo but, by early morning on 25 February, he had travelled 930km (580 miles) to reach a location in the south-west of the Central African Republic. He has now flown right over the block of Congo rainforest, and is very close to it's northern edge. Its the first time we have seen him do this, largely because in previous winters he hasn't travelled so far south, instead choosing the swamp forests of eastern Congo. He is just 80km (50 miles) south of David, the most northerly tagged Cuckoo, who moved to the edge of the forest at the very end of January.
It's amazing that we are still gathering data for Chris having first tagged him in spring 2011. We now have three southward autumn migrations and two northward spring migrations for him. Having taken up a different wintering location this year, it will be really interesting to see whether this changes his return strategy. We are keeping our fingers crossed for his safe return once again to the UK.