Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Rankin Migration - 16 Dec. 2009

Both birds have now completed their respective migrations – BLUE flew an additional 1050 miles since the last update making his total distance flown about 8900 miles over 9 weeks (left in the last week of September and arrived in the last week of November). His wintering territory is in right on the border of Paraguay and Brazil – in fact he tends to overnight in Brazil and spend daylight hours in Paraguay on lake Itaipu.

RED flew 150 additional miles from his last reported position and has settled into his wintering territory in northern Peru having flown a total of 6500 miles in about 8 weeks (leaving and arriving on approximately the same dates as BLUE)

Interestingly both birds winter on the outskirts of small communities.

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