Update 13 October 2019: We have our first recorded migrant of the year! Sometime between October 8th and 12th, a bird that was marked in Virginia last winter, and that spent it's summer in the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec, migrated to central Maine. Birds located in eastern Ontario remained at their capture locations as of October 8th/9th, and birds residing in western Quebec and Nova Scotia had not begun migration as of October 12th. The most recent locations of our marked birds are shown on the map below.
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Spring migration during 2019 was fascinating to watch. Of interest and excitement to us, a number of our woodcock marked in the southeast and mid-Atlantic last winter used westerly migration routes, which is relatively uncommon in the literature. Notice the fan-shaped migration coming out of southeastern South Carolina. Another woodcock marked on the eastern shore of Maryland migrated west, across two of the great lakes and is currently in Wisconsin. All locations on the map below were collected during spring migration of 2019. Scroll further down for additional maps from Fall 2018 and from our pilot field season in Fall 2017, and for some examples of interesting woodcock behavior that represent the types of data we will use to address our project research objectives..
This map depicts migration paths of our GPS-tagged American Woodcock as they made their way from wintering areas northward during spring migration. The map includes data from birds marked during September and October 2018 at northern breeding areas, as well as birds marked during winter 2018/19 in southern wintering sites. These data will allow us to characterize important migration routes and stopover sites throughout eastern North America.
This map depicts the migration paths of our satellite-tagged American Woodcock during their fall migrations of 2017 and 2018, color-coded to the state or province in which they were marked. This highlights the significant variation in migration paths taken by individual woodcock captured in the same location. All data were collected during September-December in either 2017 or 2018, and the stopover locations of birds we followed during 2018 are showed below. Map created by Erin Pickett.