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Read the latest updates from our Cuckoos on their migration.

Valentine arrives in Cameroon

02 Dec 2019
Valentine left Burkina Faso on 16th November, flying 495 km (307 miles) south-east over the border into Ghana where he stayed for a week. On 23rd November he departed Ghana and flew 836 km (520 miles) east to Nigeria where he stopped for around a week near Benin City in southern Nigeria. The latest update shows that by 5:45 pm on Saturday evening (November 30) Valentine had flown a further 416 km (258 miles) south east to his current location in western Cameroon. 

Carlton II arrives at his wintering grounds

11 Nov 2019
Carlton II didn't stay long in Equatorial Guinea before covering the last 280 km (174 miles) and reaching his new location in central Gabon. He is now 17 km (10 miles) south of the small town of Booue and just south of the Equator. He is in exactly the same area as he spent the 2018/19 winter, arriving on November 7 and departing on February 3. 

Carlton II in equatorial Africa

07 Nov 2019
True to last year's timings, Carlton II has moved onwards dring the first week of November. This year he has flown slightly further south, bypassing Cameroon, and settling on nearby Equatorial Guinea to feed up before he, presumably, presses on into Gabon andthe dense forest of the Congo Basin as last year. His most recent trip covered over 1035km (645 miles) and has taken him close to the town of Anisoc.

Senan moves on

07 Nov 2019
Senan had been in Burkina Faso since 21 August but signals on the 5 November show he was ready for change of scenery. He left the location he has spent the last 13 weeks in and travelled 350km (220 miles) south-east to Benin. He is currently on the southern edge of the Wari Maro Forest Reserve. 

PJ in the Congo

04 Nov 2019
After a week in Cameroon, PJ has flown 687 km (427 miles) south to his current location in western Republic of the Congo. He is on the southern edge of the 13,500 Km2 Odzala National Park, one of Africa's oldest national parks, in the heart of the Congo Basin. We don't expect PJ to stay here for more than a week or two before progressing on to his wintering grounds in northern Angola. 

PJ arrives in Cameroon

24 Oct 2019
Over the last few days PJ has left Nigeria and flown 1,288 km (800 miles) south east into Cameroon. He stopped briefly en-route just south of the Nigerian capital Abuja, before pressing on across the border into Cameroon. He is now in the Adamawa region of Cameroon and just north of the large Mbam Djerem National Park. He stopped in exactly the same area between 3 October and 20 November 2018 and visited close by on his spring migration earlier this year. We expect him to visit Congo next on his way to Angola where he usually over winters. 

Tennyson in the Republic of Congo

03 Oct 2019
Tennyson has quietly continued onwards, flying over the border into the Republic of Congo. He is currently in the Nouabale Ndoki National Park, an area of over 4,000 square kilometers of lowland rainforest. He has chosen a good spot as this is an intact forest ecosystem where wildlife who reside here have had little or no contact with people. 

Carlton II pushes East to Nigeria

30 Sep 2019
Carlton II has started the next stage of his migration, leaving his last location in Mali and flying 1,434 km (891 miles) East to Nigeria, via a brief stop-off in Benin. Carlton II is now in the Dagida Game Reserve in western Nigeria. In 2018, Carlton II spent two and a half weeks in this game reserve from mid October to early November before pressing on through Cameroon to Gabon, where he spent the winter.

PJ set to move shortly?

25 Sep 2019
PJ has been in northern Nigeria since early August and, looking back at previous years data, could be on the move shortly to Cameroon. In the last couple of years he has arrived there in the first week of October,  later making his way south to winter in Angola. Keep watching this space!  

Tennyson arrives in Cameroon

18 Sep 2019
Over the last few days Norfolk Cuckoo Tenysson has flown 644 km (400 miles) south from Nigeria into Cameroon. He is the first of our tagged Cuckoos to make this next leg of the journey and he is now in far eastern Cameroon, close to the border with Central African Republic. It is the rainy season in this area now and the weather today will be between 68 and 83 F (20 to 28 C) with 76% humidity and thunderstorms bringing a 40% chance of rain. This is probably another stop-over point for Tennyson and we expect him to move further south over the coming days or weeks.

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