Flappy McFlapperson Mèng zhī juān 玉琳 (YuLin)
小松 (XiaoSong) 六月 (LiuYue)
About 玉琳 (YuLin)
玉琳 (YuLin) is the first cuckoo to be fitted with a tag in 2017, at Yeyahu Wetland Reserve. She weighed 89g and was named by students at the International School of Beijing. The name 玉琳 (YuLin) means “precious jade in the forest”. YuLin is a bakeri cuckoo and we expect her to remain at Yeyahu Wetland Reserve for the summer breeding season before heading south in the autumn. YuLin is a particularly well-marked bird, showing a beautiful rusty tinge to her neck. YuLin is already famous – her release was filmed by Chinese national television, CCTV, as part of a documentary about Beijing’s wildlife (see below).
BTO’s Chris Hewson releases 玉琳 (YuLin) at Yeyahu, filmed by Chinese national television.
15 June 2017
玉琳 (YuLin) is loyal to Yeyahu Wetland Reserve, no doubt because it holds many pairs of Oriental Reed Warblers, the Beijing Cuckoo’s favourite host species. We expect her to remain in this area until late summer.
9 June 2017
玉琳 (YuLin)’s tag is transmitting well and we can see from the early data that she is favouring the area around Yeyahu Wetland Reserve, where she was fitted with her tag. We expect her to remain in this area until the late summer when, all being well, she will begin her marathon journey to Africa.