Already in Cuba

Coley safely arrived in Cuba on Saturday the 9th after only 5 days on the move.  In our last report he had finished crossing the Caribbean and had proceeded to within a few miles from the north shore of the western most section of Haiti on the island of Hispaniola.  Here’s a recap since then:

March 8th:  Coley finished his 440 mile/23 hour crossing of the Caribbean Sea around 12pm.  Once he reached land, he did not stop but rather continued to the north and then to the east and ended up stopping for the night on the north shore of the western most section of Haiti ending a day of flying for almost 30 hours without rest.

March 9th:  Shortly after 6am (after about 12 hours rest) Coley took off to the northwest and reached the Caribbean on the north shore of Haiti by 7am.  From there it was non-stop flying to the west and northwest until he reached Cuba at 4pm at the coastal town of Santiago de Cuba, some 42 miles from Guantanamo Bay. During the nine hour flight, he covered more than 140 miles.

March 10th:  Our last data point today was at 8am (with daylight savings time) and at this time Coley had not taken off for the day.  I would not be surprised if he took the day off to rest and possibly to fish in the lakes that are only a few miles from his location.

I will pick up on his activities on day six of his migration in the next report.

Coley is progressing very quickly and if he continues as he has, I suspect he will reach Jamaica Bay between the 20th and 25th of March.


Coley and Dr. Bob Signing off.

Bull’s eyes = Osprey’s location every hour.
Lines = Sequence of locations in time (not the actual flight path)

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  1. OMG what a incredible journey. I am in awe of the amazingly graceful fortitude this guy Coley, as well as other birds have. It certainly gives me a real sense of how much goes unnoticed in nature and a greater perspective of just how far it can go. I too marvel at the little humming birds 3500 plus miles. Thank you for sharing I’m so inspired when I see your post show up in my e-box.

  2. Love you Coley!

  3. Welcome home, just in time for spring. Am anxious to hear if your mate is waiting or an adversary. Be safe.