LEAD PILOT REPORT – Day One Sep.29,2012 Location: Marquette Co., WI Note from Liz: We’ve been without an internet connection since moving to Marquette County. Until we move from this stopover site. Field Journal entries, Migration Timelines, etc will be updated as I am able to drive somewhere to pick up a strong enough signal for a connection. The same applies to our EarlyBird emails. Recipients of that e-bulletin are unlikely to see them in their Inbox at their usual expected time. Below is Richard’s Lead Pilot report re yesterday’s flight. And so it begins. All six out of the gate and on the wing. With six birds keeping me company, I circled around to head on course we begin a slow climb hoping for more favorable winds. Then, as we left the marsh area, #5 did an abrupt turn to the left and headed back. The rest of us didn’t waver – we stayed on course. We could not leave Brooke out of the party, so we left #5 to him. While Brooke worked on convincing #5 to follow him, the rest of us continue to climb out on course. Wisps of displaying fog floated by below temporarily obscuring the ever changing foliage, now almost at peak color. A small lake passes by below, still emitting wisps of fog. Before long, the hill near the next stopover loomed closer and we began to descend. We flew over a stand of green pine trees standing in stark contrast to the the fall colors blanketing much of the rest of the landscape. I walked the birds to the travel pen, and very shortly looked up to see Brooke with #5 appear in the sky overhead. The two circle the field and touch down safely. We’re off to a good start with the entire Class of 2012 making the whole journey. Next job is to cover the trikes and head back to White River Marsh to break camp, tear down pens, and get one travel trailer down to Stopover Site #3 and the pen set up there in readiness for the next migration leg.