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Updates from our Cuckoos

Read the latest updates from our Cuckoos on their migration.

No news from Tennyson

24 Apr 2020
We last heard from Tennyson on 6th April when he was in south-eastern Guinea, close to the border with Ivory Coast. With Carlton II already back in England and the others on their way, we hope that we'll also hear that Tennyson is making progress north very soon. 

Valentine in Tunisia

24 Apr 2020
We have now received more updates from Valentine's tag which show that his final destination after crossing the Sahara was Tunisia. He is currently 21 km (13 miles) east of the ancient city of El Kef in north western Tunisia. 

Valentine crosses the Sahara

21 Apr 2020
It looks as if Valentine has completed his desert crossing as an update from his tag placed him in northern Morocco at 4am this morning. His journey over the Sahara took him from Ivory Coast, over Burkina Faso, Mali and Algeria to his current location. We have only received low quality locations from Valentine so will have to await further updates before being sure of his exact route and location.  

PJ making steady progress in Spain

21 Apr 2020
PJ has switched to a slower mode of migration since arriving in Spain but he is continuing to move north. By late last night he had flown 160 km (100 miles) north east from his last location, and was enjoying Sierra del Rincon, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve outside Madrid. The most recent update from PJ's tag place him in a river valley between La Hiruela and Puebla de la Sierra. 

Carlton II visits London and Berkshire

21 Apr 2020
Carlton II didn't stop long in France, by 10:20 yesterday morning he had arrived back in England, making him the first of our tagged Cuckoos to arrive back. It looks as if he was enjoying the lockdown quiet in the parks of South London as the data place him close to the Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Golf Club. He then headed west and the last location we received from him last night showed him in Berkshire. If you heard a Cuckoo in the vicinity of Shurlock Row in Berkshire last night, it could well have been Carlton II! 

Senan checks in before checking out?

20 Apr 2020
After many weeks of radio silence we finally received an update from Senan's tag on Friday 16th April, showing him approaching the foot of Italy. However further updates since show him in Egypt, Tunisia and, most recently, north-western Algeria. All but one of the signals have been of low quality and, despite all of the solar charging it will have received during the desert crossing, the tag's battery is very low on charge. Unfortunately this means that although Senan is likely to be migrating as expected, his tag is giving up the ghost and we are on the verge of losing contact with him. We will of course continue to monitor the data closely and will update you if we do receive any further transmissions from Senan's tag. 

Carlton II takes the lead in France

18 Apr 2020
Carlton II hasn't hung around since leaving Ivory Coast! In just under seven days he has flown 2,755 miles (4,434 km), leapfrogging PJ and taking the lead as our first Cuckoo to reach France. He is close to Marcilly-sur-Maulne in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. He is now only 350 miles or so from his breeding grounds at Carlton Marshes in Suffolk. Will he be the first of our tagged Cuckoos to make it back this year?   

PJ reaches central Spain

17 Apr 2020
By yesterday evening, PJ had left Andalusia, flying 245 km (152 miles) north, over the Sierra Morena mountains and into central Spain. He is now close to the city of Talavera de la Reina and very close to an area he visited for a few days in 2019.  

Carlton II crossing the Sahara

16 Apr 2020
A series of updates from Carlton II last night showed that he is crossing the desert and by 19:15 had reached Algeria, having flown 2,505 km (1,557 miles) from his stop-over location in Ivory Coast. When we receive the next update it'll be interesting to see if he has stopped in north Africa or pressed on to Spain. Last year Carlton II arrived in north Africa on 21st April, had crossed to Spain by 23rd April and arrived in the UK on May 2nd. 

PJ has made it to Spain!

14 Apr 2020
PJ didn't hang around in Morocco, instead he has pressed on, traveling a further 577 km (358 miles) north over the Mediterranean to Spain. He is now in the Sierra de Hornachuelos Natural Park, close to Retortillo Reservoir in the province of Córdoba, Andalusia. PJ arrived back in the UK between 18 and 30 April in 2017, 2018 & 2019 so we expect him to be on the move again soon. It looks likely that he will be the first of our tagged Cuckoos to arrive back, unless one of the others makes a move very soon.

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