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Markoo is named in memory of Marise Fraser who passed on her love of birds to all those who knew her.

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Friday, June 10, 2016 - 06:00
Tagging Location:
King's Forest, Suffolk, England
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Markoo's journey from 10 June 2016 to 13 January 2017

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07 Mar 2017 - We have lost Markoo

We haven't heard from Markoo since the January 13. This is not too unusual as we often 'lose' Cuckoos for lengthy periods of time when they move into thick tree cover. However, the last bits of data we received from Markoo's tag suggest that he has almost certainly perished. The temperature of the tag had dropped and begun cycling with day and night temperature and was not as stable as it would be on a live bird.

17 Jan 2017 - Markoo in DRC

Markoo has headed north again and is now in DRC, close to the border with Cabinda, a disputed northern exclave of Angola. He is currently 48km (30 miles) south and east of Cabinda city.

17 Nov 2016 - Markoo in Angola

By the 10 November, Markoo had ventured 365km (225 miles) south within the Republic of Congo. A couple of days later, on the 12, he had journeyed a further 320km (200 miles) and was the latest Cuckoo to join the four already in Angola. This is a record number of our satellite-tagged Cuckoos wintering in Angola in the same year. This is probably due to lower-than-average rainfall in the areas of the Congo rainforest we have seen them winter in before and higher-than-average rainfall in Angola.  

27 Oct 2016 - Markoo heads for the Congo rainforest

On the 19 October, Markoo was still in Nigeria but over the last week or so he has moved south. By the 20 October he was in Cameroon, by the 22 he was transmitting from eastern Gabon and on 24 October signals were received from the Republic of Congo, just south of Kelle.  He is now in the Congo rainforest and we will have to wait to see whether he stays here or moves further south still. We currently have three Cuckoos in Angola, 700km (435 miles) sosuth of Markoo's location.

04 Oct 2016 - Markoo still settled

Locations received on 4 October show Markoo is still in northwest Nigeria and is still alive and well. He has been here for a month but it might not be long before he heads south and east and into the Congo rainforest.

Past updates from Markoo

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