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Read the latest updates from our Cuckoos on their migration.

Not good news for Nick

25 Oct 2013

It has now been over a month since we received signals from Nick's tag and unfortunately we think this may be the end of the journey for him. His last location was in Cameroon, close to Ngaoundere.

Interestingly, not many of our tagged Cuckoos have spent time in this area, instead travelling through areas in the south of Congo. Indy, one of the Cuckoos tagged in 2012, also stopped transmitting after moving to a location in Cameroon, about 400km (250 miles) further south, in the middle of September 2012.

Nick continues to Cameroon

23 Aug 2013

Continuing onwards quickly, by early evening on 22 August, Nick was 940km (585 miles) further south-east from his previous location in Nigeria and was in Cameroon.  Transmission located him in the Adamawa region close to the edge of the Mbang Mountains and 24km (15 miles) east of the capital of Ngaoundéré, which has a population of over 152,500.  

Nick in Nigeria

21 Aug 2013

From his position in Burkina Faso on the 18 August, Nick has completed the journey of 1050km (655 miles) to reach western Nigeria. He is now just north of Enagi. Derek is also in Nigeria, about 290km (180 miles) north of Nick’s position, while Tor is in eastern Nigeria. This new movement makes Nick the most southerly of all the tagged Cuckoos. 

Nick moves east to Burkina Faso

12 Aug 2013

Nick has joined Ken in Burkina Faso, transmitting from a location in the protected Maro forest area, 105km (65 miles) south of Ken's position, early on 11 August.

Nick making good progress

06 Aug 2013

From north-west of Bamako on 28 July, Nick has moved south-east 280km (175 miles) in the direction of Burkino Faso, through which Lyster and Clement both passed through in the first year of the project, and was close to the village of Bondo.  Last year none of the three Cuckoos that chose the route via Spain and west Africa survived, so it is good to see that conditions have been more favourable to Nick and Ken this year. Hopefully the further four Cuckoos who have taken this route and are currently in Spain and north Africa will fare well too when they follow shortly.  

Nick completes desert crossing

30 Jul 2013

From his last position, Nick appears to have changed direction and headed in a south-westerly direction to finish his desert crossing in the south-west corner of Mali on the evening of 25 July and early hours of 26 July. He is now 190km (120 miles) north-west of Bamako, the capital and largest city of Mali.

Nick and Ken, two of our East Anglian Cuckoos, are currently separated by around 380km (235 miles).    

Nick reaches Africa

25 Jul 2013

Nick is the second Cuckoo to make it to Africa! ! Signals put him in Algeria near the boder with Mali and he seemed to be in active migration. His tag has new programming which turns the tag on when the battery is full and we hope to hear form him later today. It looks like he  has covered at least 2050km (1270 miles) in the last four days. 

Nick heads south within Spain

08 Jul 2013

From his position near Vitoria, in the north-west of Spain on 2 July, Nick has headed further south. By early morning on 7 July he was around 160km (100 miles) west of Madrid. He is still currently the only Cuckoo in Spain and is currently the most southerly tagged Cuckoo. It remains to be seen whether any of the others will also follow that way. Dart and Ryder are in southern France so it will be interesting to see whether they head to France or Italy on their next movement. 

Nick continues to Spain

04 Jul 2013

Nick has travelled to northern Spain, crossing the Bay of Biscay, from his last position near Le Mans. He is 30km (20 miles) to the east of Vitoria in the province of Álava. He is the first of this year's Cuckoos to venture into Spain. In the first year of the project both Clement and Lyster successfully took this route to their wintering grounds but last year all three Cuckoos who took this route perished; John died in France after travelling north from a location in Spain, Reacher in Spain and later, Lyster, failed to complete his crossing of  the Sahara Desert. The weather there last spring was especially dry and there were forest fires which would have made conditions tough. You can read more about this and what else we have learnt througout the project here.  It will be interesting to see which Cuckoos take this route and how they fare this year. 

Nick near Le Mans, France

02 Jul 2013

On the morning of 30 June, Nick’s tag beamed transmissions from a new location in France, having travelled 490km (305 miles) from his previous position just south of Wicken Fen. He was in the Pays de la Lore region, and was close to Parcé-sur-Sarthe, roughly 35 km ( 22 miles) south-west from Le Mans, host to the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race. Signals later that morning show him in the area of Avoise, through which the Sarthe river flows. He is the eighth tagged Cuckoo to leave the UK. 


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