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Named by sponsor Gillian Wills in honour of Sir David Attenborough, with his charm, enthusiasm, and ability to communicate his inspirational knowledge and sense of awe at the natural world.

Attenborough the Cuckoo
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 05:15
Tagging Location:
Cranwich, Norfolk, England
Age when found:
Over one year
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Attenborough's journey from 27 May 2021 to 21 July 2021

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Attenborough's movements

16 Jul 2021 - Attenborough's magical mystery tour

Having made it as far as Spain, we were surprised to see the next few updates from Attenborough reporting him first over the sea just west of Sicily and then from the Ionian sea approaching Greece. The most recent updates show Attenborough 10km (6.25 miles) south of the town of Kalavryta in the mountainous east-central part of the regional unit of Achaea, Greece. It is 2,115km (1,315 miles) from Attenborough's last location in Spain to his first location in Greece, we have never seen such a dramatic eastwards movement from any of our tagged Cuckoos. It will be fascinating to see what the next updates tell us about Attenborough's whereabouts! 

05 Jul 2021 - Attenborough roaming in Spain

Having flown from southern France into Spain and reached Calatayud in the Province of Zaragoza, Attenborough has been roaming around the province of Soria. He first visited Cihuela before moving further north and west to his current location close to Gomara. He is now approximately 23 km (14 miles) south east of the city of Soria. 

03 Jul 2021 - Attenborough pushes on into Spain

Attenborough only spent a few hours in southern France before pressing on over the border into Spain. He was still in France at 8pm last night but by 4:30am this morning, he was 250 km (156 miles) south of his last location. It looks as if he is making a stop near the town of Calatayud in the Sistema Ibérico mountain range in the province of Zaragoza, Spain.

02 Jul 2021 - Attenborough wings his way through France

Over the last 48 hours Norfolk Cuckoo Attenborough has left Normandy and headed south. By 10 am this morning (Friday 2nd July) he had flown 619 km (385 miles) south and was between Bayonne and Hasparren in the Basque Country region of south west France. This movement puts him just south of Calypso who is 513 km east of him, near Marseille. 

17 Jun 2021 - Introducing Attenborough

The net was set in the dark and as dawn broke the team were treated not just to calling Cuckoos but half a dozen Hobbys, which were feeding low over the disused gravel pits where they were tagging. The first Cuckoo caught was the one tagged, being a good weight, and still carrying a few juvenile feathers - this is Attenborough! Attenborough is still at his breeding grounds in Norfolk.

Past updates from Attenborough

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