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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 01 May 2023 to 17 April 2024

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Joe's movements

17 Apr 2024 - Joe heads into Spain

Joe has moved north-east through Portugal, crossing the border into Spain close to the city of Badajoz. He's continued northwards to an area just 4km (2.5 miles) to the west of Cáceres, in Extramadura, covering around 355km (220 miles) since his arrival in Europe just two days ago.

15 Apr 2024 - Joe arrives in Europe

After entering Morocco via the very western edge of Algeria, Joe headed up to the Atlantic coast, and stopped for a while close to the town of Safi.

He then forged onwards a further 518km (321 miles) and swiftly became the first of our Cuckoos to arrive in Europe, making landfall near the town of Bordeira, in the Algarve, Portugal.

12 Apr 2024 - Joe makes a big move north

After a spell in Ivory Coast, Joe has forged 2,240km (1,391 miles) north and is now just crossing into western Algeria, on the borders with Western Sahara and Morocco.

His current location puts him just c500km (310 miles) due east of the Canary Islands!

25 Mar 2024 - Joe crosses into Ivory Coast

Joe has flown 111km (69 miles) west from Ghana into Ivory Coast.

He is now 8km (5 miles) north-west of the town of Ettrokro in east-central Ivory Coast. 

15 Mar 2024 - Joe moves west

Over the last few days Joe has flown 1,443km (897 miles) west, taking him out of Cameroon and into Ghana, via Nigeria, Benin and Togo.

His route has taken him across the north end of Lake Volta and onwards west towards the town of Kintampo in the Bono East Region of Ghana.

In 2023 Joe made this same move west two weeks earlier, arriving in Ghana on 27 Feb. He then remained around the Ghana/Ivory Coast border until early April before popping up again in southern France on 9 April and returning to the UK on 24 April. 

Past updates from Joe

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