Friday, August 1, 2014

MIA on the fast track

Movements of MIA from 18 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

MIA has wasted no time on his southbound trek that began 18 July.

After a brief respite east of Havana, Cuba, following his midnight arrival, he left the shoreline of Guanahacabibes Peninsula on the evening of 20 July, coming ashore again in the middle of the night 14 miles south of Cancun, Mexico. When the sun rose, he continued south to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, where many southbound Swallow-tailed Kites are known to stopover for a week or more after their arduous over-water flight (ARCI’s Gina Kent described this and other details of kite migration in her Masters research). MIA, on the other hand, spent less than 24 hrs here before continuing south. 

He left the Belize coast near Placencia on a short-cut across Guatemala’s Amatique Bay, then continued moving rapidly over the Caribbean coastal plain of Honduras and Nicaragua to his present location not far from the Costa Rican border. MIA has made impressive southbound progress every day since leaving Florida, stopping only at night to rest. 

Which Swallow-tailed Kite will be the next to leave Florida?