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Cuckoo sponsors Steve and Amy chose the name Ellis "after our little boy who we hope will get to hear cuckoos when he grows up - along with the next generation of nature lovers".

Ellis the Cuckoo
Monday, May 17, 2021 - 22:00
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Loch Arklet, Perthshire, Scotland
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Ellis's journey from 01 May 2022 to 21 March 2023

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Ellis's movements

21 Feb 2023 - Ellis stopping off in Guinea

After his big move west from the Congo Basin to West Africa, Ellis has now relocated within Guinea. He has flown an additional 175km (108 miles) north west and is now 30km (18.5 miles) north of the city of Kissidougou in southern Guinea. He is just 22km (14.5 miles) south west of the area where he spent several weeks on his way north last year.

20 Feb 2023 - Ellis powers into West Africa

Scottish Cuckoo Ellis arrived in the lush tropical rainforests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in early October and has remained there ever since. A new update received on Saturday 18 Feb 2023 showed that he had started his spring migration back to the UK. He has flown 3,250km (2,000miles) west from DRC to Guinea in West Africa. This is the first big step in his return migration. Last year he arrived in Guinea on 13 Feb and remained until 27 March when he embarked on his crossing of the Sahara. By 20 April he was back in Scotland. Heavy rain is expected in eastern Guinea later this week and Ellis will be planning on these rains providing plenty of food for him to build up his fat reserves before tackling the next leg of his journey north.  

30 Jan 2023 - Ellis stays put in DRC

Ellis arrived in the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the end of September and he has stayed there ever since. He is in the same area that he spent last winter. Last year he moved to Cameroon on 24 January and by 31 Jan he was in Ghana. He then passed through Ivory Coast to Guinea where he spent a few weeks before crossing the Sahara in late March. If he follows the same pattern as last year we should see Ellis starting his spring migration very soon.  

30 Sep 2022 - Ellis makes it to the Congo Basin

Since our last update, Ellis has flown 780km (486 miles) south east from Central African Republic over the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He is now in the heart of the Congo Basin in north west DRC where he may well stay for the next few months.

21 Sep 2022 - Ellis heading towards the Congo

New updates received late last night show that Ellis has flown 825km (512 miles) south east from his last location in Nigeria over Cameroon and into Central African Republic (CAR). He is now in western CAR. Last year Ellis stopped briefly in CAR on the 14th & 15th September en-route to his wintering destination in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where he remained until 23rd January, so we expect him to move on from CAR very soon.   

Past updates from Ellis

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