Charlie's Blog Archive

We have lost Charlie - 18 Dec 2015

Although we are still receiving locations from Charlies tag, the latest was received at 07.45 on 18 December, he hasn't moved from the Sahara desert in central Chad since mid-September. We have to assume that he failed to successfully cross the desert and that his tag is still able to take a charge and keep on working.

Charlie continues south - 18 Sep 2015

Charlie has carried on, apparently skirting the Tibesti Mountains where a number of our Cuckoos stopped this year for the first time, to make it across the desert. He is currently located in southern Chad.

Charlie makes it to Africa - 15 Sep 2015

Charlie, the last of our tagged Cuckoos still in Europe, has finally left and crossed over the sea from his last location in Greece to reach Africa! We were beginning to worry that he was still in Greece but signals on the evening of the 14 September show he was in Libya. Since then he has been making his way south across the desert. 

Looking back at previous years, the only two Cuckoos to arrive in Africa later were BB on the 15 September 2014 and Lloyd on 3 October 2012. Both these Cuckoos also took the easterly route, heading to Libya but from Italy instead of Greece, as Charlie has done. 

Charlie last to leave Europe - 04 Sep 2015
Charlie is the last of all the BTO tagged Cuckoos which are alive/ have working batteries to remain in Europe. The others have all made it to Africa or died trying. We expect it won’t be long before Charlie embarks on his attempt as most of the Cuckoos have normally flown to Africa by the end of August. Last year, however, Chris and BB, two of our older Cuckoos, didn't arrive until the 4 and 13 September. The latest ever arrival in Africa we have seen since the start of the project was in 2012 when Lloyd arrived on 3 October. 
Charlie moves east - 18 Aug 2015

Since the 14 August, Charlie has been slowly moving south eastwards. He left the west coast of Greece and by 16 August had covered around 250km (160 miles) to make it to the Prokopi, on the east coast.