Comparing Ultralight-Led Migrations


Photo: Wayne Kryduba
Hatch Year of birds

2001

2002

Target date for departure

October 13

Oct. 7 and then Oct. 10

October 8
October 9
.
Actual departure

October 17

October 13

October 16
October 10
.
Number of birds at takeoff

8

17

16
14
.
Number of planes

4: lead, chase, & scout ultralights and one top cover

5: four ultralights and one top cover
5: four ultralights and one top cover
 5: four ultralights and one top cover
 .
Journey's end

Dec. 3

Nov. 30

Dec. 8
Dec. 12
.
Number of birds reaching Florida Winter Pen

7

16

16
13 (see #406)
.
Total days en route

48

49

54
64
.
Number of no-fly days (grounded or turned back)

24

28

34 (includes 4 days when they turned back and made no progress)
43
.
Number of actual flight days (progress made)

24

21

20
21
.
Longest flight

2 hours 9 minutes

2 hours 15 minutes

3 hours 4 minutes (200 miles--covering most of GA. New record!)
2 hours 58 minutes (157 miles covered)
Shortest flight

38 minutes

44 minutes

41 minutes
  43 minutes
.
Total Miles South (*after OM's final adjustments)

*1164.2

*1227.8

*1191
1204.4
.
Number of birds surviving winter/returning to Wisconsin

5

16

16 survived but 12 returned to WI
 .
Days on Wintering Grounds
126
121
 117 days *
   .

NOTES:

  • * 117 days is the average of two numbers (Group A - 113 days, Group B - 121 days.)
  • Read Notes on previous migrations: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004


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