Island Girl stayed in Veracruz all day yesterday, remaining in the Boca Del Rio neighborhood like yesterday. There is plenty of food (pigeons, doves, passerines and seabirds) and sun in this area for "re-fueling" and building up her reserves for the rest of the migration south.
She appears to have roosted just off one of the main roads in Veracruz, Avenida Adolfo Ruiz Cortines in a heavily urbanized area. Quite a change from her arctic breeding area on Baffin Island.
I think that the location of the signal is deceptive. It shows her sleeping on the ground at a major intersection. However, about 140' to the NE there is a gorgeous shadow of a huge tower right on the main avenida. I think that it is far more likely that she slept there for the night and that the signal is off a bit, perhaps as a result of her being perched amongst steel girders.
I'd like to call on our raptor colleagues in Cardel and Veracruz to see if they can get us some digital photos of her two roosting sites. We would all love to see them. Anyone out there?
Incidentally, Don McCall is currently in Key West, Florida, on vacation. We are hoping that he will be able to visit the crew at the Florida Keys Hawkwatch (http://www.floridahawkwatch.wordpress.com/) to enjoy their huge peregrine migration. Really good group of people. Check out their website.
And thanks for keeping us going while on vacation Don.