On Friday, Island Girl started to put on some speed as she often does in this area.
She flew NW across the coastal plain between the Sierra Occidental and the Gulf ofMexico, eventually passing by Veracruz, and the world famous sites of the largest hawk migration in the world, Cardel and Chichicaxtle. Over four million raptors are thought to pass through this area every fall, a must-see for all raptor people.
She flew for 306 km (190 miles), nearer to Jalapa than Cardel, before following a valley up into the spur of mountains that hook east all the way to the Gulf.
She slept at 4,794' elevation on the shoulder of a mountain surrounded by agricultural fields and forest.