Just got the long awaited call from Don McCall that Island Girl has started her sixth southbound migration towards Chile.
Here is his first message regarding her departure.
Welcome to the 6th year of tracking Island Girl from Baffin Island to Chile (we already have 6 complete tracks for her northern migration).
Sometime probablymorning (17 September) she headed due south, crossing the Hudson Strait and continuing over the Ungava Peninsula of northern Quebec. Her first recorded GPS position since leaving Baffin Island was at 2100Z (17 Sep), by which time she had already flown 457 km (284 mi). She roosted near that spot last night, then continued south today – we now have one additional GPS fix for 1300Z (18 Sep). The website maps have been updated.
We will now resume daily updates during her southern migration.
So here we go on another migration following this remarkable falcon on her odyssey south.