We have learned from the scientists at the Avian Research and Conservation Institute that our Swallow-tailed kite, Suwannee, arrived in Colombia on August 31.
According to Gina Kent, at this point, he is crossing a big area with little cell coverage, so we expect a lapse in the data because his transmitter is unable to connect and upload while out of range of any cell signal. However, the transmitter is collecting and storing all the daily locations as we speak. This could take a month or so, yikes! We just have to hope and believe that he's enjoying a buffet of wonderful insects to keep him happy and healthy, and avoiding predators along the way.
Dr. Kent is checking daily, so as soon as data comes through she will let us know how he is doing.
Until then, we'll be thinking of our famous traveling kite and watching his progress on the interactive map in this Audubon article. Scroll down to the map. It is updated when Suwannee sends data.