Ripple's tag was sponsored by Severn Trent. He was named after a nearby village, Ripple 'and also connects with water!'
Ripple 's journey from 17 May 2022 to 24 October 2022
Ripple 's movements
25 Nov 2022 - The end of the road for Ripple
We are sad to report that we have heard the last from Worcestershire Cuckoo Ripple. Having survived his unexpectedly long stop in the Sahara, we were very optimistic that he would succeed in making it to his wintering grounds. But alas it wasn't to be and it appears that he has died in eastern Nigeria. He has given us a very valuable series of data showing his journey from Worcestershire via West Africa to Nigeria which will add to our growing knowledge of the challenges our Cuckoos face.
19 Oct 2022 - Ripple reaches Nigeria
Over the last few weeks Ripple has departed Burkina Faso and moved briefly into Niger before flying over Benin and into Nigeria. He is now in the far east of Nigeria with the latest update this morning showing him on a heading for Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria's largest National Park and one of Africa's "Important Bird Areas". This is the first year we have tracked Ripple so it'll be very interesting to see where his wintering grounds are.
27 Sep 2022 - Ripple moves east in Burkina Faso
We are pleased to report that Ripple seems to be doing fine, despite his long stop off in the middle of the Sahara. Since our last update he has been making good progress east from west Africa towards the Congo Basin. Having flown from southern Mauritania to south west Mali he has now pushed further east into eastern Burkina Faso. He is now in the far eastern corner of Burkina Faso, just north of Arli National Park.
21 Sep 2022 - Ripple moves east to Burkina Faso
Ripple is making good progress east from west Africa towards the Congo Basin. Having flown from southern Mauritania to south west Mali he has now pushed further east into eastern Burkina Faso. He is currently 24km (15 miles) north of the city of Fada Ngourma in eastern Burkina Faso.
15 Sep 2022 - Ripple moves east into Mali
After a couple of weeks close to the Senegal River in southern Mauritania, Ripple has taken flight again. New updates received earlier today show that he has flown 723km (450 miles) south east into south western Mali. He is now 143km (89 miles) north-north east of the Malian capital of Bamako.
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