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!