“Once I realized Ozzie was home, an unbelievable new source of energy and motivation filled me with anticipation, excitement, and courage. I redoubled my efforts to get home as quickly as possible.
Crossing the Caribbean Sea is the hardest part of the trip. The eastern route requires a sustained three day flight over the South Caribbean Sea until reaching Puerto Rico or The Dominican Republic.
We are usually well fed and rested before we start our migration north, but will lose 20% of our body weight, mostly fat, by the time we reach our destinations. We fly in V-formation to conserve energy.
Stage 2 is easier. We try to stay over land as much as possible, follow the islands north west until we get to Cuba; then fly the length of Cuba to Havana, where we rest once again before crossing to Florida. The dangers on this leg of the journey are high voltage electric utility wires and drunken Cubans with shotguns.
I stuck with my skein until we reached Jacksonville FL., then I made a bold decision to head directly home. Home, home to Ozzie, the Taj Mahal and the Doctor…….non-stop.”
Harriett leaves her Skein
Noon Thursday March 24, 2016
“I was exhausted. Ozzie scooped me up with his powerful wings, gave me a cloacal kiss and started sky dancing like a 2 year old. It was so, oh, so wonderful; joy, happiness and love personified.”