Nine days and 1750 miles after leaving his winter home in Colombia, Coley made it to Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday evening, March 13th. As of our last report, he had reached Cuba on March 9th and had not started moving the following day. Here we will pick up on his travels through Cuba, across the Straits of Florida to the Everglades and on to Jacksonville, all in four days.
March 10th: Sometime mid-morning Coley left his rest stop that he had reached the night before and headed northwest up the middle of Cuba arriving about 5 miles northwest of the small town of Florencia around 7 pm to spend the night. He covered more than 225 miles in about 9 hours today, making excellent progress towards home.
March 11th: Another big day! On the road again shortly after 9am heading northwest. Reached the north shore of Cuba about 160 miles east of Havana at noon and headed out over the Straits of Florida for a non-stop over water flight to the Florida Keys. Ended the day at dusk around 7pm just north of Whitewater Bay in the Everglades. Coley covered about 255 miles today in about 10 hours.
March 12th: Safely in the USA! Coley likes to get a late start in the morning probably to take advantage of the rising thermals that must help him head north. Like the prior two days, he departed around 9am and flew almost due north up the center of Florida making it to downtown Orlando just after 7pm for the evening. If you zoom in on his location, you will see he is within a subdivision around a small pond called Lake Como. He spent the night in trees in the backyards of homes near the corner of Hempstead Avenue and Mayfair Circle less than a quarter of mile south of Route 408. Today he logged over 220 miles in around 10 hours.
March 13th: An early liftoff today shortly after 7am heading north over Winter Park before 8am and reaching the St. Johns River by 3pm. His flight closely paralleled the river all the way to Jacksonville, Florida and he arrived at Charter Point along the St Johns River after 7pm. Progress was slow today, probably due to headwinds from the north, as Coley covered only 130 miles.
So far, it appears that once Coley starts moving in the morning he flies non-stop during the day. He may be fishing early in the morning before heading out, but it is not clear that he is doing this.
By the next data download in a day or two, Coley should be well up the coast to North Carolina or Virginia, or with good trailing southerly winds, he may be into Maryland, Delaware or New Jersey. Suspect that he will arrive in Jamaica Bay no earlier than the 17th.