Ryder is in Morocco

Posted July 19th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

There had not been any signals from Ryder for a week and we were surprised to see that when he transmitted on 16 July he had become the most southerly tagged Cuckoo. 35km (20 miles) south-west of Valencia, 530km (330 miles) SSW of his last position in France. Further signals received on the evening of 18 July show that he had continued south and was leaving the Atlas Mountains of Morocco in a south-westerly direction. This makes him the first of the tagged Cuckoos to arrive in Africa and he has taken the westerly route via Spain. The transmission period continued until the early hours of 19 July showing that he was still heading south, close to the Algerian-Moroccan border.