Coley has set the stage for a picture perfect migration, departing Jamaica Bay on Monday at about 9:40am on September 10, and reaching a point 50 miles south southeast of Orlando, Florida by 7pm on September 13. Over 1,000 miles in four days!
His BIG day was Tuesday, the 11,when he flew from the eastern shore of Virginia to his evening rest spot on the Santee River (which drains Lake Marion, a favorite landmark to anyone driving on I-95 through South Carolina) about 40 miles northeast of Charleston, South Carolina.
Here are some details of his travels for the last three days of his journey:
September 11 – When we left Coley at 7pm on September 10, he had not finished flying for the day. He continued another 12 miles at dusk and spent the night in Exmore on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He departed Exmore around dawn and headed south.
7:00am – Over the Chesapeake Bay flying parallel with and in view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, arriving in Norfolk by 8:00am
10:00am – Flying over the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia, crossing into North Carolina by 10:15am.
5:00pm – Coley flew nearly a straight path all day, reaching the North Carolina coast at Sunset Beach.
6:00pm – Over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
8:00pm – Coley stopped for the evening just at dark along the Santee River, about 40 miles northeast of Charleston, South Carolina.
September 12 - Coley was on the move again shortly after 7am. He passed over Charleston, South Carolina at 11am, crossed into Georgia and was flying over Savannah, Georgia by 1:30pm. He reached Florida, crossing the Suwannee River just before 5pm and landed in a tree in a marsh next to Fort Caroline National Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida by nightfall.
September 13 – He took off from Jacksonville after 7am, followed the St. Johns River during the morning and landed for the evening in what appears to be a cypress hummock at the east end of Lake Marion, west of Melbourne. This was our last data point until we check back in a few days.
Are you impressed yet? Are you tired yet? Even as a marathoner and ultra-marathoner, I am exhausted by Coley’s accomplishments over the last four days. So stay tuned, there are more exciting discoveries ahead!