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Named by the tag funder, John Davis (JD).

JD, Cranwich Heath, 2022. PTT 232671.
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 06:00
Tagging Location:
Cranwich, Norfolk
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JD's journey from 20 May 2022 to 24 July 2022

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JD's movements

25 Jul 2022 - JD is all at sea

Since our last update JD has left Morocco and flown approximately 1,872km (1,163 miles) south west to north west Mauritania. However, having reached the city of Nouadhibou it seems that strong easterly winds carried him out to sea. By 19:33 on Saturday evening he was almost 300 miles out over the sea south west of Nouadhibou and heading towards Cape Verde.  He then appears to have done a u-turn and by Sunday morning had flown the 300 miles back to Nouadhibou where he remained for the rest of the day. He is currently approximately 600 miles north west of Cuckoo Bluey who has completed his desert crossing and is in Senegal. Hopefully this detour hasn't depleted all of JD's reserves and he will be able to complete his desert crossing in the next few days.

19 Jul 2022 - JD reaches Africa

Having spent the last few weeks in northern Spain, Norfolk Cuckoo JD has flown 959km (596 miles) south west, crossing the Mediterranean and arriving in north Africa. New updates received between 07:00 and 10:00 this morning showed that he was o some farmland in the northern part of the Sidi Kacem Province, approximately 120km south of Tangier.  

27 Jun 2022 - JD moves north

JD has flown 43km (27 miles) north east from his last location in the hills above Zuera in the province of Zaragoza, Aragon in north eastern Spain to a new location on some farmland 6km north west of the city of Huesca in Aragon. 

23 Jun 2022 - JD crosses into Spain

New updates received at around lunchtime today show that JD has crossed the Pyrenees and is now in northern Spain. He is in the Castejón Mountains in the Cinco Villas comarca, Aragon, Spain, approximately 30 km (19 mi) north of Zaragoza.

13 Jun 2022 - Introducing JD

JD was ringed at Cranwich in Norfolk, a site where BTO staff and volunteers try to monitor all the Reed warblers, JD's host species, so quite a few of his progeny will be ringed and monitored. We placed a net along the track, and after a short wait he came flying down the track and got caught in the net. On a CES ringing session on 11/06/2022 he was seen flying around the netting area calling to the female, so has been a regular at Cranwich since being tagged.We have targeted birds from this area to boost our sample of East Anglian birds. Cranwich Heath is approximately 10 miles north of BTO HQ at Thetford. JD and Joe will be the sixth and seventh Cuckoos to be tracked from this area, following Attenborough, Tennyson, Thomas, Sylvester and Stanley. These birds have typically taken the easterly route south to Africa. JD was named by his tag funder John Davis.

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