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Updates from our Cuckoos

Read the latest updates from our Cuckoos on their migration.

Carlton II touring Slough

24 Apr 2020
Since our last update Carlton II has continued to enjoy the quiet of the parks and golf clubs of Berkshire, moving north east towards Slough. The latest updates show him briefly visiting Stoke Park Golf Club near Farnham Royal before moving on to Burnham Beeches Golf Club in Burnham. Perhaps his next stop will be at the Buckinghamshire or Harefield Place Golf Clubs just north of Uxbridge?  

Senan in Algeria

24 Apr 2020
We've had several more updates from Senan now, all showing him in the Tlemcen province of north-western Algeria, close to the border with Morocco. He is currently approximately 10 km (6.25 miles) south west of the town of Sidi Djillali.

PJ arrives in France

24 Apr 2020
Since our last update, PJ has pressed on, crossing the Pyrenees into southern France. His last known location was just north of the town of Mimizan in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in south-western France. When we receive our next update will PJ still be in France or might he already be back in England? Stay tuned to find out!

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?   

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