Selborne's Blog Archive

Selborne is the most southerly Cuckoo - 19 Oct 2017
From Nigeria, Selborne has headed 1450km (900 miles)  to Gabon, across the Gulf of Guinea - possibly stopping for a brief time on the island of Bioko- and then over Equatorial Guinea. Signals received yesterday show he was in the south of Gabon, close to the Monts Birougou National Park. This new location makes him the most southerly of all the tagged Cuckoos currently. 
Selborne in Nigeria - 20 Sep 2017
Selborne has traveled 480km (almost 300 miles) south east  from his last postition in Benin and is now in Nigeria.  This is almost exactly on schedule as per 2016. Last year he arrived in Nigeria on 23 September, remaining here until early October when he moved on to Equatorial Guinea briefly and then Gabon. 
Selborne in Benin - 31 Aug 2017

Selborne has continued eastwards and is now in Benin, 250km (155 miles) further on from his last location in Burkina Faso. He is currently in Pendjari National Park (named for the Pendjari River), in north western Benin, which adjoins the Arli National Park in Burkina Faso. Pendjari National Park is home to elephants, West African lions, hippopotamuses, buffalo, antelopes and is also famous for its rich birdlife.

Selborne moves east - 24 Aug 2017
Selborne moved to Burkina Faso at the end of July but a recent signal on 21 Aug shows a further eastwards movement of 370km (230 miles).  He is north of Tenkodogo and to the east of the Nakambe Forest. 
Selborne crosses desert - 26 Jul 2017
Selborne was south of the Sierra Morena Mountains by the early hours of the morning of 22 July.  He stayed in the area around Jaén until around 10am and the next signal we received was two days later when he was in Algeria, over 700km (435 miles) further south. A series of locations throughout the 24 and into the morning of 25 show him steadily making his desert crossing of 1590km (990 miles). The last location on 25 shows him in southern Mauritania, close to the border with Mali but a further signal today shows he had reached a location just north of Segou, in southern Mali, and completed his desert crossing.