July 23, 2024


PJ, the Suffolk- based satellite tag-wearing Cuckoo that lately finished his 5th entire movement to as well as from Africa, flying over 50,000 miles in doing so, is off once again– he left Suffolk heading southern on 9 July.

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) have actually been complying with PJ’s movements carefully given that his satellite tag was suited King’s Forest on the Norfolk/Suffolk boundary in 2016. He has actually been moving to as well as from the Congo jungle each springtime as well as fall ever since, clocking up over 50,000 miles as well as sending out virtually everyday updates on his
location to researchers at the BTO, info that will certainly assist recognize the source of their decrease below in the UK. During the morning of 9 July signals from his tag revealed he remained in the southwest of France on the southerly side of the Parc naturel des Landes de Gascogne, 600 miles from his Suffolk reproducing website.

This year he is signed up with by a brand-new East Anglian Cuckoo, Attenborough, labelled at Cranwich,Norfolk Attenborough is confirming to be a trendsetter as well as is currently in Northern Spain, having actually left East Anglia in the last couple of days ofJune Only among the labelled Cuckoos is more southern than Attenborough, Scottish Cuckoo Ellis has actually simply gone across the Sahara desert as well as remains in north Nigeria near the boundary with Niger.

Common Cuckoo, copyright Stephen Daly, from the surfbirds galleries

Paul Stancliffe, BTO Media Manager, stated, “Since June, 2016, I have actually been bent on PJ’s reproducing area each summer season in a proposal to discover him as well as each summer season I have actually been definitely enjoyed do simply that. He is a fantastic bird as well as I was shocked to see him so energetic back in April this year in what needs to be the chilliest springtime I have actually been out searching for him. He had actually just been back in the woodland for 2 days as well as was currently going after various other Cuckoos around his selected area as well as ‘cuckooing’ for all his well worth from the treetops.”

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He included, “I need to approve that this may be the last time I see him, both he as well as his tag are obtaining old however you never ever understand, perhaps I will certainly be out greeting to him once again following springtime.”

Anyone can adhere to PJ, Attenborough as well as the various other 8 Cuckoos as they make their method southern with Europe, throughout the Mediterranean as well as the Sahara on their method to the Congo container at www.bto.org/cuckoos

Source www.surfbirds.com.