Monday, May 20, 2013

2012-2013 Migration


On 6 August 2012, exactly one year to the day of the start of his 2011 southbound migration, Croom again departed the U.S. for South America. He took just over two months to reach his previous year's wintering area, where he stayed for three months. After starting north in mid-January 2013, Croom took just over a month to reach the Yucat√°n Peninsula from which he departed on 25 February 2013 in mid-afternoon. Flying through the night, he reached New Port Richey on Florida's Gulf coast after 23 hours over the water. Without stopping to rest, he continued flying toward his 2011-2012 breeding area, arriving before dark that same day, 26 February 2013. Croom is currently supplying food to two nestlings at his territory on private land, less than 3 km from his 2012 nest site.