Thursday, September 12, 2019

All Kites Cross the Gulf

All 16 GPS-tracked Swallow-tailed Kites made it safely across the Gulf of Mexico! Wilson was our latest kite to make landfall on the Yucatan, on 4 September.

Pritchard made some headway into northern Panama behind Hobolochitto, PBC-ERM Male, Ponchitolawa, and PBC-ERM Female.

Many of the kites appear to still be in Colombia, where their data uploaded most recently. Birds like Babcock and OK haven't uploaded locations for a month, but we assume they continue to make headway, just in areas with poor cell coverage.

Sanibel and Suwannee are in northern Colombia, while Apopka is near the Andes Mountain crossing point where OK and Babcock were last detected. Sawgrass, JAX, and Sarasota have crossed the Andes and are well on their way through the Amazon.

Lacombe is in the Brazilian state of Amazonas and Bayou Vincent is 900 miles farther south in the Bolivian state of Santa Cruz.

Safe travels, Swallow-tailed Kites!