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Named by Friends of Thetford Forest after Thomas Paine, political theorist and revolutionary and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States who was born in Thetford in 1736.

Thomas the Cuckoo
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 08:00
Tagging Location:
Cranwich Heath, Thetford Forest
Age when found:
Over one year
Satellite Tag No.:
Wing Length (mm):

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Thomas's journey from 03 June 2018 to 21 May 2019

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Thomas's movements

08 May 2019 - Thomas is back

In our last update we reported that Thomas was all at sea, 155 km (96 miles) west of the Saint-Pierre Light in Penmarch on the coast of Brittany in fact. Well, a short time later Thomas' tag transmitted again showing that he had covered the remaining 719 Km (447 miles) back to his tagging location in Thetford Forest, much to our relief. 

29 Apr 2019 - Thomas reaches Portugal

Thomas is making steady progress towards home having flown another 280 Km (173 miles) north west from his last location near Monesterio in the south of Extremadura to his new location in central Portugal. He is in the eastern part of the Serra de Estrela Natural Park.

23 Apr 2019 - Thomas has crossed the Strait of Gibraltar

Thomas has pushed north and made it into Spain. He is currently to the southwest of Gibraltar and the south of Algeciras, and only 2km (1.5 miles) from the coast.  

15 Apr 2019 - Thomas has crossed the desert

A series of poor locations received from his tag during the morning of 15 April show that he is in northern Morocco around 40km (25 miles) from the Strait of Gibraltar. We will have to wait for good quality locations for this to update on his map.

11 Apr 2019 - Thomas is on his way

A series of locations received from Thomas' tag during the morning of 11 April show that he is around three-quarters of the way across the Sahara and in central Algeria. This will update on his map automatically overnight. So far he has travelled 2,232km (1,387 miles) from his last location in Ivory Coast - he has another 800km (500 miles) to go before he reaches the northern edge of the desert.

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