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Devon Birds and The Dartmoor National Park Authority have jointly funded four cuckoos which they have named – Whortle, Emsworthy, Meavy and Wistman.

Emsworthy the Cuckoo
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 01:00
Tagging Location:
Emsworthy Mire, Devon
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Emsworthy's journey from 15 May 2014 to 18 April 2015

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Emsworthy's movements

26 Jun 2015 - Emsworthy alive and well?

It's unlikely that we will receive further signals from Emsworthy given the long period of silence, however, there is reason to believe that he is still alive.  A Cuckoo was sighted in May by a member of the public with a non-functioning tag in Dartmoor. It's likely that, although we won't be able to follow his journey, it is not the end of the road for Emsworthy. 

06 May 2015 - No signals from Emsworthy

No further signals have been received from Emsworthy's tag since 19 March. He was still alive when we last heard from his tag - but the charge was very low. We may well here from it again after he's crossed the Sahara but it's possible the battery will have degraded too much for that to happen. 

20 Mar 2015 - Emsworthy in Ivory Coast

By 16 March, Emsworthy had left Central African Republic and made it to Ghana. He covered 2070km (1285 miles). He continued on into Ivory Coast by the 19 March, joining Ash, Stanley and Livingstone there. 

04 Feb 2015 - Ash, Emsworthy and Derek move to forest edge

It looks like a few of our Cuckoos are setting off on their first spring migration movements. Ash and Emsworthy have both joined Stanley in making a move northwards to the Congo rainforest edge while Derek has been in the area for a few days but only transmitting low quality signals, until now, which hadn't registered on the maps. 

21 Jan 2015 - Sherwood Cuckoos move west

Fred and Jake, two of our Cuckoos tagged in Sherwood Forest, have moved westwards and are now in Congo. Fred recently left the Mbandaka area and has moved about 270km (165 miles) west from his previous location in Democratic Republic of Congo, while Jake, who is about 70km (45 miles) further south, travelled a shorter distance of 155km (95 miles). 

Interestingly, Derek who is slightly further north, had been moving east, the opposite direction to Jake and Fred, until recently but he has backtracked around 65km (40 miles). Emsworthy has also moved, but northwards to the area not long vacated by Fred. These movements may indicate changing conditions which are encouraging the Cuckoos to seek more favourable areas. 

Past updates from Emsworthy

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