In my last report I set up the Coley Concern Level (CCL) to reveal my (parental!!) level of anxiety over Coley’s welfare. I had a CCL of 7 out of 10 last time, but I have been looking at the data and believe that he is okay. After further reviewing the files I see that we are getting data on his location, i.e. his coordinates and altitude, but we are getting “0″ for his course or the direction he is facing or flying. The “0s” in the speed column are understandable, since it should be 0 if he is perched, but we should always get a course number whether he is flying or not.
So what is going on with this non-data? For some reason, I think the communication between the transmitter and satellite is not functioning as well as it should. This could be caused by local conditions in Bird Marsh such as high temperatures (currently 90° F at the moment), high humidity or cloud cover. It could also be caused by low battery power. The battery is recharged by the solar panel on the transmitter. If the panel is covered by feathers, or shade from clouds or trees, it may not be sufficiently charged to transmit a good signal. So I believe one or more of the above is causing the problem and not that Coley is in trouble.
So my CCL for Coley for this report is 3; there is always some concern regardless of what he is doing, but this is what I consider to a normal level of concern.
If any of you have any other thoughts on what is happening after you review the map data let me know.
Another report will be available in about 10 days unless something unusual happens.
Coley and Dr. Bob signing off.