There have been no further transmissions from Karma since we last wrote a blog on 4 July. During the last transmission we received on 16 June the temperature was as expected but the voltage was low. That was the last information we received and given that it has now been over a month and there have been no further signals, as we would expect if Karma was moving south, we have to accept that either the tag has failed or that Karma has died, the exact cause of which will always remain a mystery.
The last signal received from Karma was on the 16 June. While we are a little concerned that it has been so long since we have heard from his tag, this is not by any means unusual and the information sent with the tag did not indicate anything to worry about. We are hoping that we may receive a signal soon to reveal his whereabouts.
During the late evening of the 13 June and the early hours of the 14 June, we received transmissions showing that Karma was moving east, over the Grampian mountains. By 7am on 14 June he was located about 27km (17 miles) west of Aberdeen. Further signals received on the 16 June showed that he continued east a little further and is now close to the town of Durris, no more than 16km (10 miles) from the east coast. Having become the first Cuckoo to begin his southward migration this year, the question is - where will he head to from here?
Karma was one of three cuckoos caught on the morning of 21 May at Inch na Croe, near Morwich (the others being 128303 and a female, which wasn't tagged). At least six cuckoos responded to our lures from around first light, and a further two birds had bounced from our nets! Karma has remained in the same glen since he was tagged, mostly of the north side towards Loch Duich, north and north-west of Morvich and the caravan park.