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Lady Sophia Raymond married William Burrell in 1773. Her father, Sir Charles Raymond, bought Knepp in 1787 and gave the estate to his daughter and the Raymond baronetcy to his son-in-law.

Raymond the Cuckoo
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 08:00
Tagging Location:
Knepp Estate, Sussex
Age when found:
Over one year
Satellite Tag No.:
Wing Length (mm):

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Raymond's journey from 24 May 2019 to 14 July 2019

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Raymond's movements

25 Jun 2019 - Raymond continues on to Spain

Blazing into the lead at this early stage of the journey is the third Knepp Cuckoo, Raymond. From the island Île d'Oléron, south west of La Rochelle, Raymond continued down the coast. Signals received on the morning of 22 June revealed that he had covered a further 525km (325 miles) and was close to Sigüenza, a city in Guadalajara, central Spain. 

21 Jun 2019 - Raymond has gone

We thought that Raymond could leave the UK any day now and he has. A series of locations received from his tag during the evening of 20 June showed that he was on the west coast of France, just to the north of Bordeaux. From the information received he seems to have spent around three hours on the Ile de Oleron before continuing south over the Atlantic parallel with the coast.

The last location we received, at around 10:30 on the evening of 20 June, showed that he was still heading south 24km (15 miles) offshore of the French coast. It will be interesting to see where he next makes landfall. He is already 654km (406 miles) from the Knepp Estate, Sussex.

19 Jun 2019 - Raymond in Sussex

Since arriving back in the UK Raymond has been on a bit of a wander around Sussex. More recently, however, he has been spending his time on the edge of the Downs just to the north of Portslade and to the east of Steyning. In 2018 Raymond left the UK on 22 June - we could be waving him off any day now.

04 Jun 2019 - Raymond is covering some ground

Since arriving back Raymond seems to be fairly settled in the area just to the south of the Knepp Estate. However, he is covering a lot of ground and has been as far west as Pulborough and east as far as Hurstpierpont. His most recent location showed that he was almost midway between Dial Post and Partridge Green.

22 May 2019 - Raymond returns!

Finally at 20:59 last night we received an update showing that Raymond had flown the final 198 miles from northern France back across the Channel to the Knepp Estate in Sussex. All three birds tagged at Knepp last year have now successfully completed their migrations to Africa and back again.

Past updates from Raymond

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