we are having Mediacom service issues this weekend. While we wait for them to fix our connection, below are tracking maps from yesterday for both Sky and Star. Both checked in yesterday. Sky still down south in Illinois and Star a few miles north and west of the Quad Cities metro area.
I know everyone is hopping Star makes a return trip to the nest. I can tell you that as of 1pm today she is still a little north of the metro area. You will see in the tracking map that she is up around McCausland and still along the Wapsipinicon River. For those of you wondering...Sky has not checked in for about 6 days or so. His battery level was very low the last time he did check in. I don't see any indication he would be moving north. He seems to have settled in-in south-central Illinois near Centralia.
i wanted to share the tracking info from today for Star. As of about noon today she was between DeWitt and LeClaire, Iowa. She is probably within about 10 miles of the nest. Today she was hanging out along the Wapsipinicon River that feeds into the Mississippi. Sky has not checked in for a few days now. His transmitter battery was very low the last time he checked in.
After nearly four weeks without seeing anything from Star, she has checked in, moved back along the Mississippi River and is now in, Dubuque, Iowa. Her tracking chart shows quite a bit of travel. I'm not sure how much of it was in the last 24 hours, but she clearly has found her way back to the open waters along the lock and dam system. Sky has moved a bit. His battery level is low and had not checked in for about four days until today. It was also great to see one of our parents in the nest this morning eating some sort of bird.
Winter has definitely arrived for Liberty & Justice. We are seeing them almost every day for at least a little while. It looks like they have the nest pretty well prepared for the nesting season. Obviously they will continue to work on it especially each time we get snow and they have to get the bowl area cleared out. Below is a picture of the two from this morning. I have also attached an update on Sky's position in south-central Illinois. We still have not seen any new data from Star in almost three weeks. I can tell you that even in southern Illinois, Sky's battery level is getting very low and I would not be surprised to see his data disappear from time to time. Hopefully Star will check in again at some point, but it might not be soon.
Sky continues to move around but is still in about the same spot in south-central Illinois near the city of Vandalia. The transmitter on Star has not made contact and transmitted any data in over a week. You may remember that early on in her travel to Wisconsin she was out of contact several times for a number of days at a time. There are deadspots in the cell network up there and with the much shorter days the solar panel may not be getting enough light to charge the transmitter enough to send the data. We will just continue to check and hope that we get an update at some point in the future.