Saturday, October 19, 2019

Quick Kite Update

Not pictured are our “missing” Swallow-tailed Kites Babcock, OK, Sawgrass, and PBC-ERM Female that have been out of cell service for one or two months now. We hope they are just fine and will connect with a cell network soon and upload their travel information!

October is when most Swallow-tailed Kites will settle into their winter ranges for the next few months. We are seeing that with Bayou Vincent in Bolivia and three kites in Mato Grosso do Sul: Ponchitolawa, Lacombe, and Sanibel.

The rest of the bunch is slowly moving through Brazil. PBC-ERM Male, JAX, and Suwannee are in Mato Grosso. Apopka and Hobolochitto are in Rondônia, while Sarasota and Wilson are following in Acre, Brazil.

Safe travels Swallow-tailed Kites!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Update from the Flyway

News from the flyway on our 16 GPS-tracked Swallow-tailed Kites on their southbound migration:

Two kites are south of the Pantanal in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Sanibel and Ponchitolawa. These kites have flown over 5,000 miles from their U.S breeding range! In Mato Grosso, Brazil, Suwannee, Lacombe, and PBC-ERM Male are making their way over flood plains and agricultural lands.

Bayou Vincent remains in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, while Pritchard has joined JAX and Apopka in Rondônia, Brazil.

We received new data from Sarasota in Amazonas, Brazil, near to Hobolochitto’s location. Wilson moves south along the Colombia/Peru border.

We need some good vibes for our “missing” kites that are out of cell service, last checking in from Colombia one to two months ago: Babcock, OK, Sawgrass, and PBC-ERM Female.

Safe travels Swallow-tailed Kites!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Kites Continue Farther into South America

Good news from our 16 GPS-tracked Swallow-tailed Kites – a new check-in from PBC-ERM Male in Rondônia, Brazil! There he joins Sanibel, Apopka, and JAX above the agricultural fields. Just a bit farther south, Lacombe, Suwannee, and Ponchitolawa are moving through Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Bayou Vincent is holding down Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and Hobolochitto is 900 miles northwest of her in the state of Amazonas, Brazil.

Farther north in Colombia are five birds that we haven’t heard from in a while due to the lack of cell coverage needed to upload their location data: Sarasota, Pritchard, and Sawgrass are on the east of the Andes Mountains, and OK and Babcock are on the west side.  

Wilson, our last GPS-tracked kite to leave the U.S., continues to make his way down the west side of the Andes Mountains. We are still waiting to get an upload from PBC-ERM Female who last reported from the Panama/Colombia border.

Safe travels Swallow-tailed Kites!