Thursday, 8 September 2011

Cuckoos near and far

We're all well aware that the BTO satellite-tracked Cuckoos — all of them adult males — are now safely south of the Sahara; but for Cuckoos that hatched this year, the long journey south is only just beginning. Now is a good time to see juvenile Cuckoos at coastal migration spots such as Spurn, where a juvenile was ringed at the end of last month and several more seen. While they're still in the UK, their biological parents could well be 4,800 km away in sunny Africa!  The youngsters will have to make their first journey south alone and unaided; a remarkable feat for any bird.

And, as always, you can keep track of the tagged bird's fortunes on the BTO's Cuckoo pages.

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