20 April, 2016

Here we go....

Island Girl has started her eighth migration north. On Tuesday, she departed the Putu area and flew for 323 km (204 miles) during her inaugural flight.

She followed the standard coastal range route as she often does at this time of year.

She flew past the cities of San Antonio and Valparaiso, (passing well west of Santiago, the capitol) and eventually stopped for the night on a dry, sparsely vegetated ridge top at 4444 feet elevation.

She was well inland, sleeping about 41 km (28 miles) from the Pacific.

Although her departure was two days later than any other year, she did begin on Clayton Whites 80th birthday.

Clayton is one of the leading peregrine experts in the world and had given us our first seed money grant to begin this study so many years ago, He helped us start this whole thing for which we are all extremely grateful.

Happy birthday Dr. White!






9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is thrilling. What a privilege to be able to follow her mighty migrations. Thanks to all who have made this possible.

Sue Cottrell said...

Perfect timing!

Anonymous said...

well that's pretty neat

S said...

I notice that Island Girl isn't on Baffin Island as she has been in previous years, and that she still hasn't chosen a single location to stay in. Do you think this may be because she had such a long flight across Hudson Bay last fall and she may be trying to avoid another 700+ mile stretch to and from Baffin Island? Does anyone know if her current location is a good one for nesting?

Anonymous said...

She is so close to nesting sites, that she may pick another one. She is 9 days behind last year and might have to take back her nest if another one has claimed her's. I hope not. But, she is a strong girl.

Jeannie Bird said...

Truly a story to be told...The strength and determination to get to Baffin Island. I can sit back and relax and now wish her a successful breeding season. Whow!

S said...

Thrilled and relieved. I watched her progress every morning and evening. Thanks to everyone who made the viewing of her journey possible. -- Susan Miller

Nathalie said...

What's happening with the tracking map?

Jeannie Bird said...

Tracking map and website not accessible...any news on this?