07 May, 2015

Into Ecuador

Island Girl traversed into her third country of this migration on Thursday. She entered Ecuador via her usual route and experienced a dramatic and abrupt transition in humidity, temperature and habitat, migrating from hot, dry, barren desert into a humid, wet, tropical forest habitat.

She always slows down here, presumably to acclimate to the massive change in her environment. As Don points out so observantly, this was the shortest day of her migration so far this season.

There is a cluster of her roosting sites here from several years so she is pretty consistent in this behavior.

She covered just 149 km (93 miles) and roosted in the small coastal hills east of Machala, 28 km (17 miles) inland from the mangrove coastline and at the surprisingly low elevation of 239'. She usually does this here.

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