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Read the latest updates from our Cuckoos on their migration.

Ellis makes it to the Congo Basin

30 Sep 2022
Since our last update, Ellis has flown 780km (486 miles) south east from Central African Republic over the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He is now in the heart of the Congo Basin in north west DRC where he may well stay for the next few months.

Ellis heading towards the Congo

21 Sep 2022
New updates received late last night show that Ellis has flown 825km (512 miles) south east from his last location in Nigeria over Cameroon and into Central African Republic (CAR). He is now in western CAR. Last year Ellis stopped briefly in CAR on the 14th & 15th September en-route to his wintering destination in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where he remained until 23rd January, so we expect him to move on from CAR very soon.   

Ellis moves into Nigeria

28 Jul 2022
Ellis has left Niger behind and flown 305km (190 miles) south east into Nigeria. He is now 11.5km (7 miles) west of the town of Darazo in Banchi State, north-east Nigeria. 

Ellis completes his desert crossing

22 Jul 2022
Ellis continued south over the desert to reach the border between Niger and Nigeria. He is now in the Sahel region of Niger, approximately 13km (8 miles) north east of the Nigerian city of Daura. It is the rainy season here so there will be a flush of invertebrate life to provide ample feeding opportunities for Ellis. 

Ellis reaches Niger

21 Jul 2022
New updates from Ellis' tag this morning show that he has flown 3,000km (1,864 miles) south from his last location near Pisa in Italy. Having crossed the Mediterranean and flown the length of Libya, he is now in central Niger, approximately 230km (142 miles) due east of the Saharan city of Agadez. He is still in the desert so when we next hear from him hopefully he will have safely completed his crossing.  

Ellis passes Pisa

18 Jul 2022
Ellis has continued his journey south through Italy, and by 22:30 on Saturday night was passing Pisa. Last year he only made a very brief stop in Italy before pressing on to Libya, arriving there on 8 July. He had completed his crossing of the Sahara to Nigeria by 12 July last year so he is running a little later this year. 

Ellis reaches Italy

16 Jul 2022
Ellis has left the Nurburgring behind and flown 700km (435 miles) south from Germany into Italy. By 18:17 this evening he was just outside the town of Brugnato in Liguria, approximately 14km (9 miles) north west of La Spezia. 

Ellis visits Germany

14 Jul 2022
After a few weeks in the Netherlands, new updates received from Ellis' tag this morning show that he has flown 341km (212 miles) south into western Germany. By 10:13 this morning he was just south of the Nurburgring motor racing circuit. If he follows last year's timetable he will now move quickly through Germany and Italy before crossing into Libya and on across the Sahara to Niger. 

Ellis moves to Friesland

27 Jun 2022
After making landfall on the Dutch coast just south of Rotterdam, Ellis took to the skies again over the weekend, flying 204km (127 miles) north east to Friesland in the north of the Netherlands. He is now on some farmland just north of the city of Leeuwarden, an area that looks as if it could offer some very good feeding opportunities for a Cuckoo. 

Ellis returns to the Netherlands

24 Jun 2022
After what appears to be quite a long sea crossing, Ellis made landfall last night in the Netherlands. By 9pm he was on the De Kwade Hoek Nature Reserve - translated as "Evil Corner" due to the treacherous currents and sandbanks in this area. The reserve is part of the larger Dunes of Goeree nature reserve on Goeree-Overflakkee in South Holland - he has picked a beautiful spot to stop! Ellis also stopped off in the Netherlands on his way south last year albeit a little further north than his current location. In 2021 he remained in the Netherlands until 4 July when he moved swiftly south through Germany and Italy, arriving in Libya by 8 July and sub-saharan Niger by 10 July. 

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