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Severn Trent funded this tag and much of the habitat improvement work on the Wildgoose nature reserve where Calypso was tagged. The name was chosen in a competition among Severn Trent Water employees.

Calypso the Cuckoo
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 06:20
Tagging Location:
Wild Goose Nature Reserve, Worcestershire, England
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Calypso's journey from 19 May 2021 to 27 November 2021

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Calypso's movements

12 Nov 2021 - Calypso moves to the Congo

Over the last few days Calypso has completed a 965 km (600 mile) journey south east from Nigeria to the Republic of the Congo. He is now in the Western Cuvette department in the western part of the Republic of the Congo.

27 Sep 2021 - Calpyso is on the move again

New updates received beteen 18:00 and 21:30 last night (Sunday 26 September) show that Calypso has flown 470 Km (292 miles) south east and is close to the Gashaka-Gumpti National park in eastern Nigeria, near the border with Cameroon. Cuckoos AJ and Ellis are approximately 1,200 Km (755 miles) south east of him in the Congo Basin. 

24 Jul 2021 - Calypso visits Kwiambana Game Reserve, Nigeria

Over the last 24 hours Calpyso has flown 10 km south west within the Kwiabana Game Reserve in the south of Zamfara state, Nigeria. An ecological survey of this area published in 1981 found big numbers of large mammals, particularly Elephants, Roan Antelopes, Hartebeest and Buffalo, as well as smaller mammals like Warthog, Baboon, Ardvark, Baboons, Green Monkeys and Porcupines. The recommendation of that study was to protect the area from illegal hunting and grazing to create an area with great potential for game viewing and tourism. It would be interesting to know how the reserve has fared since 1981. 

20 Jul 2021 - Calypso arrives in Nigeria

New updates from Calypso arrived between 04:34 and 07:22 this morning showing that he has flown a further 586 km (364 miles) to complete his crossing of the Sahara. In total he has covered 2,784km (1,730 miles) since leaving from northern Tunisia and arriving at his current location in northern Nigeria. He is now in an area of Guinea Savanna close to the Kwiambana Game Reserve in the Zamfara region of north western Nigeria. He is 381Km (237 miles) west of Cuckoo Ellis who is also in northern Nigeria. 

18 Jul 2021 - Calypso tackles the Sahara

New updates received at around 19:00 yesterday evening (Saturday 17 July) showed that Calypso had flown 1,867 km (1,160 miles) south and had reached the western edge of the Air mountains in Niger. The highest peak of this range is Mont Idoukal-n-Taghès at 2022 m / 6633 ft. By 03:30 this morning (Sunday 18 July) Calypso had flown a further 325 km (202 miles) south and was looking set to join Cuckoo Ellis in Nigeria. Hopefully when we next hear from him he will have successfully completed his desert crossing. 

Past updates from Calypso

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