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Cuckoo sponsor Erin (6 yrs) chose the name 'Bluey' after her favourite TV character who is brave, cheeky and full of energy - all traits needed in a cuckoo.

Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 06:00
Tagging Location:
Knepp Estate, West Sussex
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Bluey's journey from 28 May 2022 to 26 July 2022

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Bluey's movements

19 Oct 2022 - Farewell Bluey

It has been almost three months now since we last heard from Bluey and sadly we must conclude that he has perished. Having made it across the Sahara and reached south west Mali, the updates stopped despite the diagnostic data from his tag not suggesting any malfunctions. Having taken the westerly route across the Sahara which we know is associated with a higher mortality rate for our tagged Cuckoos it is sad but not so surprising to report this ending. Bluey has added valuable data to our growing knowledge of Cuckoo migration. 

28 Jul 2022 - Bluey moves east into Mali

Having spent the last few weeks in south eastern Senegal, Bluey has flown 167km (104 miles) south east over the border into south western Mali. He is now 33km (20 miles) south of the rural town of Kenieba in the Kayes region of SW Mali.  

12 Jul 2022 - Bluey completes his desert crossing

Bluey has continued his journey south, flying 429km (267 miles) south from his last location in Mauritania, crossing briefly over Mali and arriving in Senegal. By 06:21 this morning he was in the south eastern corner of Senegal, approaching Niokolo-Koba National Park. Hopefully he will now find some good places to rest and recover from his desert crossing. At the moment 3,174km (1,972 miles) separate Bluey in west Africa from Joe in Chad. 

11 Jul 2022 - Bluey is crossing the Sahara

When we last updated on Bluey he was in the south of Spain but in the last few days he has taken a mamoth journey, covering 2,443km (1,518 miles) over the Mediterranean, Morocco, Algeria and Mauritana. The most recent update which arrived at 11:08 yesterday morning showed that he had reached southern Mauritania and was approximately 75km due west of the town of Kamour. This area is mostly desert with some oasis. It looks as if Bluey may be heading for the greener lands of Senegal and he could be crossing the Senegal river into Senegal within the next 200km.  

08 Jul 2022 - Bluey reaches southern Spain

Over the last few days Bluey has blasted south through France and Spain to reach southern Spain. By 18:30 last night he was close to the town of Ohanes in Almeria Province, Andalusia. The latest updated show him just 18km north of the Mediterranean coastal town of Almeria.  

Past updates from Bluey

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