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Updates from our Cuckoos

Read the latest updates from our Cuckoos on their migration.

Sylvester lost

11 Dec 2018
It is with a heavy heart that we have to report that we think Sylvester has died. Looking more closely at the data it seems that the location we received from his tag in the Central African Republic was erroneous - this happens occasionally. In actuallity, we last heard from Sylvester on 28 August in Nigeria, close to the River Niger. We have no clues as to what might have happened to him.

Concern for Sylvester

07 Nov 2018
The last location from Sylvester's tag just over a week ago showed that the battery charge was low. We will have to wait and see if this improves to find out where Sylvester is. Fingers crossed he will pop-up soon.

Sylvester is alive

19 Oct 2018
We have received a couple of locations from Sylvester's tag in the last week or so that show he is in Central African Republic. However, the battery charge is low and considering that he is now in an area of dense forest it might not get a good charge for a while - we will have to wait and see what happens next.

Where is Sylvester?

18 Sep 2018

We last heard from Sylvester on 28 August and his last transmission showed that his body temperature was fine, which tells us he was alive. However, his battery charge was low and looking at previous data we can see that the battery charge had been falling during the previous week and not recovering. This can happen when our Cuckoos are under the thick canopy in the rainforest and we have lost Cuckoos for as much as six weeks, only for them to pop-up again once their battery gets a good charge.

Of course we don't know for sure what has happened but all we can say is that when we last heard from him he was alive and that there was an issue with the tag which we hope will resolve itself - fingers crossed.

Sylvester is on the move

23 Aug 2018
During the last week Sylvester has moved south and east, through Mali, Niger, Benin and into Nigeria. He is just to the west of the mighty river Niger and to the south of a village called Bawanka.

Sylvester in the Sahel

02 Aug 2018
Sylvester has reached the Sahel and the southern edge of the desert. He is currently in the Gao region of eastern Mali and just to the north of the D'ansongo-Menaka Reserve. It is the rainy season and rain is forecast for the next few days, this should provide Sylvester with plenty of food.

Sylvester is in the desert

01 Aug 2018
When we last heard from Sylvester's tag at just after 5pm on 31 July he was undertaking his desert crossing and was pretty much in the middle of Algeria and about a third of the way across the desert. His tag should power-up again during the evening of 2 August and show whether he has made it across.

Sylvester on the move

13 Jul 2018
Sylvester has crossed the Pyrenees and is in central Spain. He is to the west of the medieval town of Avila. He has Selborne, a New Forest Cuckoo about 70km (45 miles) to his west and Raymond, a Knepp Estate Cuckoo 200km (128 miles) to his east. It will be interesting to see which of these is the first to head south from here.

Sylvester in southern France

02 Jul 2018
Sylvester stayed a week in northern France before flying the length of the country and making it to the foothills of the Pyrenees, close to Arudy on 29 June. The next day he moved north again and then west. He is currently in wooded farmland close to Castaignos-Souslens in southwest France.

Sylvester is off

22 Jun 2018
During the evening of 21 June we received a series of locations from Sylvester's tag that showed he was in northern France, in the area of the Somme close to Amiens.


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