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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.

Wistman the Cuckoo
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 01:00
Tagging Location:
Emsworthy Mire, Devon
Age when found:
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Wistman's journey from 15 May 2014 to 26 May 2014

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Wistman's movements

27 Jun 2014 - Your chance to name a Cuckoo

With three un-named birds left we are letting you choose what to name one of our Sherwood Cuckoos!  Anyone who sponsors a Cuckoo before the end of June will be entered in to a draw. We’ll then pick one entry at random and will contact the winner who can then suggest a suitable name*. Find out how you could name a Cuckoo

12 Jun 2014 - Sad news

Unfortunately we have lost two of the newly tagged birds. Both Wistman, from Devon, and 134962, from the New Forest, appear to have died recently according to the temperature readings that accompany the transmissions. We cannot be sure of the reasons but one possibility is predation. 
Last year Karma, one of the birds tagged in western Scotland, who was the first that year to leave his breeding area, travelled to the east coast of Scotland and died there, making it only as far as Aberdeen. We wish our other Cuckoos this year better success.  

15 May 2014 - Three birds for Devon

All three Devon birds tagged in 2014 (Emsworthy, Meavy and Wistman) were caught between 04:30 and 08:30 on May 15th at Emsworthy, a Devon Wildlife Trust reserve on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, along with one female cuckoo. Nets were set around an isolated Hawthorn bush on the upper valley slopes. A fifth cuckoo escaped from the net that morning.

Past updates from Wistman

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