Charles has been named by Ann Masters, who fondly remembers competing with her husband each year to see who heard the first Cuckoo, and hopes that work such as this tracking project will continue to inspire a love of nature for future generations.
- Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 06:00
- Tagging Location:
- Knepp Estate, West Sussex
- Age when found:
- Satellite Tag No.:
- Wing Length (mm):
27 Jun 2022 - Charles reaches the south of France
By early Saturday evening Charles had flown 357km (222 miles) south from his last location and had reached the town of Tourbes in the Occitanie region of southern France. Subsequent signals showed him pushing on south and the last update, received at 22:12 on Saturday night showed him nearing Riversaltes, just to the north of Perpignan. If he keeps going he could well overtake JD as our most southerly Cuckoo.
15 Jun 2022 - Charles is in France
Cuckoo Charles exploded out of the starting blocks and updates received on 1st June showed that he had already flown 280 km (174 miles) south across the Channel and into France. He has subsequently moved another 30 miles south and is now on some farmland between the towns of Dourdan and Etampes in the Metropolitan area of Paris.
13 Jun 2022 - Introducing Charles
Charles is one of two birds tagged on the same morning at the amazing Knepp Estate in West Sussex in May 2022. The nets were set the night before, with a backdrop of calling Cuckoo. Before light everything was set and... there was a long wait. After an hour our hopes of catching a Knepp Cuckoo started to dwindle... but the calling Cuckoo, which was ever-present decided to investigate and flew directly into the middle of one of the nets. He turned out to be a great weight so was promptly tagged and released. Charles has been named by Ann Masters, who fondly remembers competing with her husband each year to see who heard the first Cuckoo, and hopes that work such as this tracking project will continue to inspire a love of nature for future generations. Charles is also the first name of the owner and founder of the Knepp Wildland Project, Sir Charles (Charlie) Burrell.
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