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Read the latest updates from our Cuckoos on their migration.

PJ settled - for now

19 Nov 2018
PJ is still close to the town of Dir in Cameroon. He has been here for a month so we could see him move further south soon. In 2016 and 2017 he moved to Angola on 17 and 23 November respectively.

PJ has moved east

19 Oct 2018
Having spent almost six weeks in eastern Nigeria, PJ has now moved and is in northern Cameroon, in an area of wet forest to the north of the town of Dir. It will be interesting to see how long he stays here before moving south. In 2016 he headed south on 15 October and in 2017 on the 13th.

PJ has moved.

23 Aug 2018
Since crossing the desert, PJ has gone on a bit of a fly-around. He first moved south into Burkina Faso, then moved back north towards the border with Mali before turning east towards Niger and then south along the border with Niger and Burkina Faso. He is currently in eastermost Niger.

PJ Checks-in

02 Aug 2018
PJ's tag has come on early, probably due to it getting lots of sun during the desert crossing. A series of locations received from his tag during the evening of 1 August show that he continued his flight across the desert and made it to the Sahel. He is currently in Mali on the banks of the Niger River. It looks like the easterly winds did drift him a little west.

PJ is crossing the desert

01 Aug 2018
Around mid-afternoon on 31 August PJ's tag showed that he was crossing the desert and was about a third of the way across. We will have to wait until 3 August to see if he makes it. The winds in this part of the desert are currently from the southeast but much lighter than they have been. If he maintains his course he will arrive on the southern edge of the desert in Niger or Nigeria. The winds in the southern part of the desert are quite strong from the east right now and it might be that he gets drifted a little way to the west during the latter part of the crossing.

PJ on the move

13 Jul 2018
Having spent the last 6 days on the southern edge of the Pyrenees, PJ has moved. He is now 195km (121 miles) southwest of his previous location, and is to the west of Zaragoza. Might this be the start of his big push south?

PJ heading south

09 Jul 2018
PJ is in Spain - just. Around breakfast on 7 July locations from his tag showed he was in the Spanish Pyrenees, just to the north of Benasque. On his two previous migrations he launched his desert crossing from his stopover site in France, so it is interesting to see him crossing into Spain. It will also be interesting to see what he does next.

PJ has moved

03 Jul 2018

It seems that the area of farmland that PJ was using might not be giving him what he needs and he has moved back north 56km (35 miles) to the Orient Forest Regional Natural Park just to the east of Troyes.

The children of The Green Zone Bird Club at Sandown School in Kent have been following PJ’s progress closely. One of the children at the school, Che, won a Cuckoo sponsorship in the school fair and decided to share it with his fellow pupils. ‘Where in the world is PJ?’ has been a regular activity where the children learn about geography and migration. One member of the Group, Callum (age 6), has taught everyone how to zoom in and out on PJ’s position on the satellite tracking map – well done, Callum!  

They have all been drawing amazing pictures of PJ to welcome him back to the UK (featured). We have really enjoyed looking at their brilliant drawings in the office and reading the Green Zone Bird Club’s newsletters. Well done to all the children in the Club and to their Outdoor Learning and Forest School Leader, Anne Collins, for all of her hard work and enthusiasm. Keep up the good work children and we hope you continue following PJ's journey as he migrates back to Africa.

PJ has left the forest

26 Jun 2018
A series of locations received from PJ's tag on the evening of 23 June showed that he was no longer in Thetford Forest, Norfolk and that he was in northern France. He is currently in Burgundy, between Carisey and Tissey, an area of farmland interspersed with fairly large tracts of woodland.

PJ still in King's Forest

20 Jun 2018
PJ has remained faithful to the northern part of King's Forest, Suffolk, since his arrival here on 17 April. Having been seen several times in this location it seems he is frequenting areas of the forest that are being used by at least one female Cuckoo that appears to be watching the breeding Tree Pipits. As we are coming close to the end of the Tree Pipit breeding season he could well begin his journey south soon.

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