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Updates from our Cuckoos

Read the latest updates from our Cuckoos on their migration.

Victor moves to National Park

24 Aug 2017
Victor is still in Nigeria but has moved 170km (100 miles) south west to the Old Oyo National Park.

Victor in Nigeria

15 Aug 2017
By the 11 August Victor had moved 345km (214 miles) southeast to northern Ghana before continuing on a further 630km (390 miles) east to Nigeria over the next couple of days. The last signals show him to the south east of the Kainji Lake, a reservoir on the Niger River, formed by the Kainji Dam. 

Victor in Burkina Faso

26 Jul 2017
Victor is in Burkina Faso. Having only stayed for only a couple of days in Algeria before continuing south, Victor traveled 2190km (1360 miles), reaching south eastern Mauritania during the evening of 18 July, and continuing to fly east to Mali during the early hours of the 19 July. By the 23 he had moved east again to Burkina Faso adding on another 605 km (375 miles). 

Victor in North Africa

17 Jul 2017
A series of locations received from Victor's tag on the evening of 16 July showed that he had left central Spain and was in North Africa, in northwest Algeria, on the northern edge of the Sahara.

Victor in Spain

20 Jun 2017
Victor has headed further south and is now in Spain. He travelled 560km (350 miles) from his last location in France and by morning on the 15 June had crossed the Pyrenees and was just north of Aragon. He then travelled a further 250km (155 miles) and by the 19 June was 50km south-east of the city of Cuenca which is set in the mountains of east-central Spain.

Victor in La Brenne Regional Nature Park

14 Jun 2017
Victor has moved a little further south and is now in the La Brenne Regional Nature Park, east of Poitiers. He stopped here in May on his way back to the UK and presumably found it a good enough spot to revisit!

Victor on his way back to Africa

05 Jun 2017

Locations received from Victor's tag during the late afternoon on 4 June showed that he had left the UK and was in central France. Last spring he left the UK around 25 June, stopping briefly in northeastern France before moving to Central France. He is currently in an area of forest just south of Orleans and around 100km (65 miles) north of the area close to Chateauroux where he spent 10 days last spring.

Victor still on the Norfolk/Suffolk border

23 May 2017
Victor is still ranging quite widely around King's Forest in Suffolk but also occasionally visiting Thetford Forest over the border in Norfolk. Like PJ he has also been in the vicinity of the BTO's Nunnery Lakes. The most recent locations received around lunch on 23 May showed that he was to the east of Thetford on the edge of heathland close to Roudham.

Victor returns

09 May 2017
By 3 May, Victor was in northern France, close to Rouen. Just a couple of days later and a further 350 km (220 miles) and he was back in the UK, at his breeding grounds on the Norfolk/Suffolk border by 5 May. He is the fourth of our tagged Cuckoos to arrive this spring. 

Victor continues north

02 May 2017
Victor has flown a further 290km (180 miles) north within France and is now in the La Brenne Regional Nature Park, east of Poitiers. The park covers 166,000 hectares and is dotted with over 2,000 lakes and ponds. Hopefully this is a good area for him to feed and rest in but we might expect him to continue his journey any time soon. 


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