07 May, 2015

Esmeraldas

Great name for a town.

Last stop on the Ecuador border before Colombia. Small fishing town in tropical forest along the shoreline of the Pacific.

Island Girl must like it here as she usually roosts in this region on her way north. Could be that it is just the result of flying north through the central valley but she always seems to pop out here and roost near the ocean.

She flew another 99 km (62 miles) taking it a bit easy on this day.

She did cross the equator, leaving the southern hemisphere behind yet again on her journey.

Roosting was in the rain forest only 7 km (4 miles) from the Pacific. She could no doubt see it again as she flew into the area, maybe even hearing it as she prepared to sleep.

She was just 22 km (14 miles) due east of Esmeraldas and closing in on the coast of Colombia.

10 comments:

Jeannie Bird said...

Long live Island Girl...I see now she is in Limon Costa Rica. I will celebrate with a wine Cathedral where she was seen last year. She inspires me to keep going.

Anonymous said...

Thank You Bud for all the updates on Island Girl .. My office checks in every morning, waiting for her to jump the Canadian border.

Pacho said...

Finally home!

Anonymous said...

She made it again, good for you Island Girl

Anonymous said...

She is amazing!

Rochester said...

How old is Island Girl? Do you continue to follow other falcons?

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to say that Bud Anderson has passed away. That is all I know .

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for the mix up on names. It was Bob Anderson another raptor person that worked with eagles and peregrine falcons. So sorry .

Jeannie Bird said...

Soon ready for her departure...if she is still with us. Any chance someone will write a blog for Island Girl again?

robin robinson said...

This is interesting she left home base on the 19th of september. and crossed the whole hudson bay in one day.. I looked at this weather site of winds and such, she took off at the right time to cross according to this northwest wind

http://earth.nullschool.net/#2015/09/19/2100Z/wind/isobaric/1000hPa/orthographic=-101.82,59.60,2329