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Named in memory of the tag sponsor's late father who loved bird watching.

Valentine the Cuckoo
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 08:09
Tagging Location:
BTO Nunnery Lakes Reserve, Norfolk, England
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Valentine's journey from 04 May 2020 to 14 January 2021

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Valentine's movements

10 Nov 2020 - Valentine nudges west in Angola

Having flown a further 215 km (133 miles) west in northern Angola, Valentine is now very close to his 2019 wintering grounds. He is 210 km (130 miles) north east of the capital Luanda.

29 Oct 2020 - Valentine reaches Angola

Valentine has passed through Cameroon, Congo and Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is now in northern Angola. He is only 130 km (80 miles) north of his wintering location in 2019. Last year he arrived here on December 5 so he is a little ahead of schedule this year. If conditions are good, he may well stay in this area until late February/early March.

16 Oct 2020 - Valentine in Cameroon

Further signals received from Valentine's tag this morning place him a further 376 km (234 miles) south east of his last location, so he is now in south eastern Cameroon, approximately 205 km (127 miles) east of the capital Yaounde. Last year he wintered in northern Angola so if he is heading to the same area he has another 1,300km to fly south before reaching his final destination. 

14 Oct 2020 - Is Valentine in Cameroon?

A couple of low quality updates from Valentine's tag received during the early hours of this morning suggest that he has flown 450 km (280 miles) south east from Nigeria into Cameroon. His new location appears to be in the mountainous Adamawa region in north western Cameroon. We will have to await better quality signals before we can be certain of Valentine's location. Stay tuned!

27 Aug 2020 - Valentine edges south in Nigeria

Since our last update, Valentine has flown 83 km (52 miles) south in Nigeria and is close to the Falgore Game Reserve in Kano State in northern Nigeria. Last year Valentine passed through southern Nigeria in late November/early December, some 670 km (416 miles) south of his current position.

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