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Named after Harry Green MBE – a lifelong BTO supporter and Vice President of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, who sponsored this tag.

Harry the Cuckoo
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 10:00
Tagging Location:
Ripple, Worcestershire, England
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Harry's journey from 20 May 2021 to 13 July 2021

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Harry's movements

16 Jul 2021 - Harry moves to Spain

Harry has finally left the UK and flown 1,200 km (746 miles) south, making a stop close to the village of Llardecans in Catalonia, Spain.

17 Jun 2021 - Introducing Harry

Harry was caught during the same session as Clive. Having seen a bird fly into the net, BTO tagger Lee Barber started running towards the net but the bird escaped, so he walked back to the car. Then the bird went in again, so Lee started running, got half way there but it got out again! The team decided to close their nets and as they were walking towards them a Cuckoo came flying straight in. The highs and lows of catching Cuckoos! Since being tagged Harry has remained at his breeding grounds in Worcestershire.

17 Jun 2021 - Meet the 2021 Cuckoos

After being unable to tag any Cuckoos in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are delighted to be able to introduce eleven new Cuckoos this year!

The tagging teams faced some very early starts as usual to tag the Cuckoos, but they were rewarded with birds who were interested enough in the female lure to be caught, weighed and tagged (with the exception of a location near Loch Katrine where there were a number of female Cuckoos around, making our lure less convincing!).

Some of these newly-tagged birds have already begun their migration south, with one in France, one in the Netherlands and one of the Scottish birds is already down in Essex.

Keep an eye on the individual birds' blogs for updates on their progress.

Past updates from Harry

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