Thursday, September 19, 2019

Almost all the Kites are in South America

Suwannee and JAX recently came back into cell coverage and have joined Lacombe in the State of Rondonia, Brazil. These birds from three completely different breeding areas are now within 80 miles of one another!

In Honduras, Wilson trails 850 to 2,650 miles behind the other 15 GPS-tracked Swallow-tailed Kites. PBC-ERM Male and Female are just about to enter Colombia, where the majority of the kites appear to be.

Sawgrass, Sarasota, and Ponchitolawa have safely crossed the Andes Mountains and are making their way through southern Colombia. Sanibel, Pritchard, and Hobolochitto are west of the Andes while Babcock, OK, and Apopka are within this high mountain range.

Bayou Vincent has set the pace for our farthest south Swallow-tailed Kite. She is settling into Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Recall that 12 of the kites need to have cell coverage to upload their tracking data and will be storing their data until they come into service. Birds like Babcock and OK haven't uploaded locations for a month, but we assume they are in poor cell coverage.

Safe travels Swallow-tailed Kites!