MIGRATION - 2004
Early in 2004 we got a call from the BBC asking if we could help them with a documentary they were planning to do on animal migration. Always willing to help with environmental education, we agreed and the BBC bought four new transmitters for us. It took two trips to do it, but we eventually got all five transmitters on birds.
Who's who? The transmitters we put on the five birds have ID numbers that will appear on the maps we'll post as the birds head south.
is an adult female at Cow Bay, whom we just had to name "Elsie." [See
where we tagged this bird]
52332 is an adult male, named "Bluebeard," that has the westernmost nest on Martha's Vineyard (at the Outermost Inn in Aquinnah). [See where we tagged this bird]
52335 is "Tasha," a young bird tagged in her nest on Tashmoo after her sibling had started to fly, but before she did. [See where we tagged this bird]
Where the birds were tagged:
The maps below show where the birds were in early August. To follow an individual bird, click on:
The map below shows the locations of Tasha (52335), Elsie (29381) and her offspring Bunga (52333). Tasha was the last of our tagged young to fledge and is just starting to explore. We only had a few good locations from Bunga while the satellites were overhead. He could have been hunting out in the Sound or moving back and forth from Chappy to Oak Bluffs.
In the map below, Bluebeard (the adult male from Aquinnah-52332) has been hunting fairly far offshore. Jaws, a recent fledgling, has been exploring and checking out the Elizabeth Islands and No Man's Land. (In this map, Elsie's points are hidden beneath Bunga's.)
2004 Highlights (in reverse chronological order)
down for earlier "group photo" maps)
Where they all were on 25 September:
Where they all were on 14 September: