Derek is in Morocco!

03 Aug 2015

Derek left Spain and arrived in Morocco, covering a distance of 800 kilometres (500 miles) passing east of the Gibraltar strait. Derek is taking once again taking the westerly route that we have seen him use in previous years and, interestingly, that only English Cuckoos seem to use. So far no Scottish or Welsh birds have ventured through Spain, although it's worth noting that fewer birds from these areas have been tagged compared to English Cuckoos.  In some years, this route has proved problematic, with wild fires, droughts and storms providing challenges for the Cuckoos choosing this route.

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Raymond had made it! - 08 Aug 2018
At 04:05am on 8 August we received a series of good quality locations from Raymond's tag that showed he had successfully completed his desert crossing and was on the eastern edge of the Reserve de Faune du Ferlo Nord. He is the last of our Cuckoos to cross the desert this year.
Carlton II is in Senegal - 08 Aug 2018
We hadn't heard from Carlton II's tag for over a week and wondered what he might be doing. We now know that he was crossing the Sahara. Recent locations show that he completed his desert crossing around the 6 August; on this date he was in western Senegal. We know that in the days running up to 6 August, fairly strong easterly winds were blowing in the desert and it seems that Carlton II got caught up in these and was drifted west. He has already begun heading east and is now in eastern Senegal, in the Foret de Diambour.
Sherwood is crossing the desert - 06 Aug 2018
During the evening of 5 August Sherwood was crossing the Sahara and was in the Akchar Desert, to the west of the Richat Structure, also known as the eye of the Sahara. The terrain here is barren and the daytime temperature is currently around 40 degrees. The winds are fairly strong in this part of the desert right now and are coming from the east. This will cause Sherwood to drift to the west. If successful in his crossing, he may well join Thomas and Lambert in Senegal.