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George was named after tag funder Anne Master’s baby cousin.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 04:10
Tagging Location:
Broadland, Loddon Common
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George's journey from 17 May 2023 to 20 September 2023

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George's movements

04 Sep 2023 - George moves south into the Central African Republic

George is the first of our tagged birds to begin the final leg of his journey towards his wintering grounds in the Congo Basin.

He has flown 770 km (479 miles) south, taking him out of Chad and into the Central African Republic (CAR). He is now in dense rainforest in south west CAR, approximately 190 km (118 miles) west of the capital Bangui. 

28 Jul 2023 - George has crossed the Sahara

We are pleased to report that further updates from George's tag last night show that he has safely completed his crossing of the Sahara.

By 18:30 last night he had reached the northern edge of the Guéra region of Chad. Further updates suggest that he has carried on south towards the mountains of Mont Mourgue and Mont Ouala.  

10 Jul 2023 - George pushes south in Italy

Since our last update, George has flown 266 km (166 miles) south east through Italy and is now just edging Sayaan and Cuach Torc as our most southerly Cuckoo.

He is currently a few miles west of the town of Canino in northern Lazio. 

05 Jul 2023 - George reaches Italy

New updates received last night show that George has flown 477 km (296 miles) south east from France to northern Italy.

He spent at least a couple of hours yesterday evening in the wooded hills around Varese Ligure, in the Province of La Spezia, in the Italian region of Liguria. 

03 Jul 2023 - Cuckoo George has departed

New updates received from Cuckoo George’s tag show that by 11 a.m. yesterday morning (Sunday 2 June), George had flown 615 km (382 miles) south, crossing the English Channel and heading into Eastern France.

He is now in an area of mixed farmland and woodland a few miles west of Saint-Loup-sur-Semouse in the Haute-Saône department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.

Past updates from George

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