Summer is over, says Max the stork

Max the Stork says summer is gone!

FRIBOURG, SWITZERLAND – Max, the Swiss-born white stork who has been tracked for longer than any other bird in the wild, left her summer home in Tuefingen, Saturday 10 September.

The Fribourg Natural History Museum, which banded and tracks the bird, says that for the first time in her 13 years of winter migrations, she left together with her partner, the father of this year’s offspring.

Max winters in the south of Spain or sometimes Morocco and her migration will take about three weeks, with stopovers in France.

The band she is wearing now is four years old and was slightly damaged, according to the museum.

Tracking is not as constant as in the past, and it’s not clear at the moment where precisely the bird has gone.