Skip to main content


PJ is named in memory of Pamela Joy Miller who passed on her passion for birds to her nephews and nieces and their children - now all her family can follow PJ's journey and think of Pam

Cuckoo 161318 portrait
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 06:00
Tagging Location:
King's Forest, Suffolk, England
Age when found:
Satellite Tag No.:
Wing Length (mm):

Cuckoo sponsor badge

PJ's journey from 07 June 2016 to 02 August 2021

PJ's position on
Show marker
Show route

PJ's movements

03 Aug 2021 - PJ is crossing the Sahara (again)!

On his sixth tracked migration south, our super Cuckoo PJ has made it to Africa. On Saturday morning he had flown 315 km (195 miles) south from the Spanish Pyrenees to the town of Barracas, Castellón, Spain. By yesterday morning he had flown 1,150 Km (715 miles) south, across the Mediterranean and into Algeria. He pressed on through the day and by the time we received the last update at 22:27 last night, he was in the Hoggar mountains in the central Sahara, southern Algeria. He was 218 Km (135 miles) north of the oasis city of Tamanrasset, where citrus fruits, apricots, dates, almonds, cereals, corn, and figs are grown. Hopefully when we receive the next update we will see that PJ has successfully completed his desert crossing. 

22 Jul 2021 - PJ pops back to the Pyrenees

A new update received early this morning shows that PJ has flown 215Km (134 miles) north east into the Spanish Pyrenees. He is now approximately 10Km north east of the town of Isaba in the Navarre region of northern Spain. He is currently in the foothills of Mesa de los Tres Reyes (the table of the three kings) which is the highest point in Spanish Navarre at 2,428m (7,966ft). PJ made a very similar north-easterly movement between 25-30 July last year. 

19 Jul 2021 - PJ moves north

PJ has flown a total of 103Km (64 miles) north and is now 27Km (17 miles) east of Burgos, close to the Úzquiza and Arlanzon reservoirs in the province of Burgos, Castile and León, Spain. We know from his movements in previous years that PJ is not afraid of doubling back on himself while on migration, probably in search of better foraging areas. 

16 Jul 2021 - PJ crosses into Spain

A series of updates from PJ last night show that he has crossed from France into Spain. Since our last update he has flown 415 km (258 miles) south west over the Pyrenees. He spent yesterday evening close to the village of Montejo de Tiermes in the province of Soria, Castile and León, Spain. The last updates we received showed him heading north from this location towards Salas de los Infantes in Burgos Province.

13 Jul 2021 - PJ is on his way again

PJ has finally set off on his sixth southerly migration. Having spent the last couple of months in Suffolk, by 22:50 on Thursday night he was approaching Hatfield Peverel in Essex and by 23:39 he was crossing the Thames close to Canvey Island. At 06:27am Friday morning he was over the Forest of Fontainebleau in France. By 05:24 on Sunday morning PJ had flown a further 485 km (301 miles) south to the south of France to his current location in the west of the Gers region, close to the town of Estang. He is now 70 km west of PJ who is in the far north east of Gers. Since leaving his breeding grounds in Suffolk on Thursday night, PJ jas already covered 941 km (585 miles). 

Past updates from PJ

Get involved

Find out how you can support the project, or contact us directly for further details -

Donate to help us run the Cuckoo Tracking project.

Sponsor an individual cuckoo with a monthly Direct Debit or make a one-off donation.

Information on this page is for illustrative purposes only and should not be reproduced without permission
© British Trust for Ornithology.