As in the last two years, MIA has made the first move. He wintered the farthest south of all of the tracked birds and started north from the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, on 8 January. He is already 200 miles past PearlMS, who wintered the farthest north in Rondonia, Brazil.
Day is also making her first moves towards the U.S., having departed her winter range on 16 January. She shared the same roosts and foraging grounds with Palmetto and Pace, which are still within their 100 square mile winter range near Santa Rita do Pardo.
Palmetto’s mate, Bluff continued moving south during the winter months. Don’t be fooled by the green track. This is a 600-mile southbound move he made in early December. Currently, Bluff is 300 miles north of Palmetto.
Gulf Hammock still occupies the lush forests in the state of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Any guesses on which of the remaining Swallow-tailed Kites will start north next?