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Named in honour of the tag sponsor’s late husband, Joe. The couple much enjoyed watching the Cuckoos’ arrival each spring near their home by the River Leach. Initially there would be several birds, but, as time went by there were fewer and fewer, which saddened them greatly.

Joe, Cranwich Heath, 2022. PTT 232670
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 06:00
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Cranwich, Norfolk
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Joe's journey from 20 May 2022 to 02 October 2022

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Joe's movements

21 Sep 2022 - Joe is first to the Congo

Having spent two and a half months in Chad, Joe has flown 959km (596 miles) south from southern Chad, over Central African Republic and deep into the rainforests of the Congo Basin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He is the first of our tagged Cuckoos to reach the Congo and he is now approximately 32km (20miles) north east of Lake Tumba in eastern DRC where he may well spend the next few months. 

28 Jul 2022 - Joe moves towards CAR

Joe is still in the far south of Chad and has moved further east. He is now approximately 30km from the border with Central African Republic and 40km east of the Chad city of Sarh.  

11 Jul 2022 - Joe moves south in Chad

Joe has flown a few hundred kilometers further south in Chad, crossing the Chari river in the Chari-Baguirmi region. He is now 15km south of the city of Bousso. 

08 Jul 2022 - Joe nudges south in Chad

Having completed his crossing of the Sahara and reached the Sahel, Joe has moved further south within Chad and is now 171km (106 miles) due east of the capital N'Djamena and approximately 60km north west of the city of Ngama. 

04 Jul 2022 - Joe has crossed the Sahara

Joe has spent the last few weeks close to Saint Maxime on the French Riviera. He set off from there at around 7:30pm on Friday evening and we received a few updates from him as he crossed the Mediterranean to the west of Corsica and Sardinia.  By 08:41 am this morning he had flown a total of 3,339km (2,074 miles) south across the Sahara to Chad at an average speed of 55kph (34 mph),  He may yet move a little further south but hopefully now that he has conquered the desert he will be able to find a suitable place to rest and recover. 

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