Variability in Migration Patterns

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Subject: Variability in Migration Patterns
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 09:47:25 +1000
It is interesting that a latitudinal migrant would "turn around" only a couple of weeks after the solstice.

Spring comes early for Max the stork

    January 16 2008 at 08:16PM
Geneva - Max the stork, currently the oldest animal being tracked by satellite, is flying north after a remarkably short winter sojourn in southern Spain, a natural history museum in Switzerland said Wednesday.

The female white stork - fitted with a tracking device since it left its maternal nest in July 1999 - spent only 100 days in an area south of Cordoba before leaving at the weekend, the museum in Fribourg city said.

That compares to its previous shortest winter sojourn of 117 days, and marked the first time that it has not wintered in Morocco, said biologist Adrian Aebischer, who monitors Max's peregrinations.

It doubtlessly began its spring migration early on account of a relatively mild winter, Aebischer explained.

On Wednesday, Max was near Alcazar de San Juan, about 250km northeast of Cordoba, apparently taking its time en route to its summer nesting spot in southwest Germany, to the north of Lake Constance.

Max's whereabouts can be found on the museum's website (


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