As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

First cuckoos already leaving the UK

While many of us are still waiting for summer, it seems that some BTO Cuckoos are already on the move and starting the journey to their wintering grounds!

June 2013. In 2011 BTO attached satellite-tracking devices to several Cuckoos from Norfolk to find out more about their important stop-over sites and wintering destinations on the way to and from Africa. The cuckoos surprised everyone with their migration routes and timing. In 2012, the project was expanded to include cuckoos from Wales and Scotland. BTO have been able to expand the project thanks to support from funders and sponsors.

2013 cuckoos already leaving - Karma leaves his tagging ground
During the late evening of the 13 June and the early hours of the 14 June, BTO received transmissions showing that the cuckoo known as Karma was moving east from his previous position near Inch na Croe in the west of Scotland, over the Grampian mountains. By 7am on 14 June he was located about 27km (17 miles) west of Aberdeen. Further signals received on the 16 June showed that he continued east a little further and is now close to the town of Durris, no more than 16km (10 miles) from the east coast. Having become the first Cuckoo to begin his southward migration this year, the question is - where will he head to from here?

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