11 May, 2009

Interesting Turn to the West By Island Girl

We had expected Island Girl to head north from El Salvador towards the Yucatan, but instead she did a hard left turn and headed west for the coast. This is a rather unique route for our birds so we are anxious to see where she goes from here.

She travelled 223 km (139 mi) yesterday from El Salvador all the way into Guatemala, generally following the coastal range.

She roosted at about 3,400' on a cliff situated on a sharp, forested ridgeline on the western slope of a stratovolcano called Tecuamburro. There is alot of relief in this area.

From there, she should be able to look downslope at the Pacific about 26 km (16 miles) west.