Today, Island Girl continued to fly south at a rapid pace. She flew all the way across the rest of Hudson Bay, and then kept right on going to cross all of James Bay too.
It appears probable that she flew over or near Akimiski Island in James Bay where we recovered one of our earlier satellite transmitters that fell off (thanks go to Mark Prostor for the remarkable recovery).
So James Bay continually proves to be an important area for migrant peregrines.
She migrated another remarkable 628 km (390 miles) for the day and eventually came to roost in eastern Ontario in a small grove of trees, her first time in many months. I wonder how that feels for her after so much time spent on the tundra.
Do peregrines have emotional responses? It has been demonstrated that many other animals do. Like us.
She has now entered back into the boreal forest so things are changing fast for her. Once again, there were a multitude of small prairie potholes and streams all along her route here which translates into a very abundant prey base for her, including high numbers of ducks and shorebirds.
She is moving through an area of high prey density, many of which species are moving right along with her.
This has always been the way for them all, as far back as migration first began.
She is now directly north of the Great Lakes and likely flew across them sometime today. Her current route is very similar to last fall at this point.