"Island Girl completed her near-epic crossing of the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. After flying south for another 303 km (188 mi) she reached the north side of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and apparently roosted on - you guessed it - another tall tower in the town of Minatitlán, about 15 kilometers inland. Her GPS location at 07:00Z (overnight roost) shows her at the edge of a large open field, but the data point at 15:00Z is at a large tower about 15 meters to the west, and that's almost certainly where she spent the night. And so far she has taken a well-deserved rest this morning."
That's for sure. She just flew across the widest possible part of the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of about 800 miles over the ocean. Took her several days but she made it. I would even call it epic, not near-epic.
And just as a reminder, Elizabetha did 900+ miles over the Atlantic in just 26 hours! Of course she had a hurricane at her back to help out.
We don't know exactly where Island Girl came ashore but she was not far from San Andreas de Tuxtlas, one of the northernmost tracts of tropical rain forest in North America. Some of you were there on our Veracruz tours when we stayed at Lake Catemaco.
She roosted about 10 miles inland and only 300 yards south of the mian Mexico highway heading towards the Yucatan and Belize, the Carretera Federal 180D.
What an amazing feat.