Yesterday, Island Girl started to migrate in earnest. She flew 392 km (244 miles) north passing by San Antonio, Valparaiso, Quillota, Illapel and Ovalle. She has now entered some serious desert once again although there is still sparse vegetation here.
She put in SE of one of my favorite cities in Chile, La Serena, and eventually roosted on a cliff situated on a steep desert hillside at 3,658' elevation.
She is following her "inland" route as she often does in the Atacama, sleeping about 45 km (28 miles) inland from the sea.
We still don't know why she chooses this variation as it is cooler by the coastline and there would appear to be much more bird life available to her there.
Still one of the mysteries about her.....