Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 29, 2011 @ 8:42 am

Now That Is Migration!

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 7:30am this morning.

Frames are every 1/2 hour. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.
Base Reflectivity image from Key West, FL Base Velocity image from Key West, FL Base Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL Composite base reflectivity for the Southeastern USA

Winds out of the NW from the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes region are pushing down a huge batch of migration ready birds. A big low pressure system is spinning over the Great Lakes and in turn is pushing a front into the SE states causing the big flight. Jacksonville seems to have some really good chances of seeing migrants today. South to SW winds from 11pm to 4am over the NE corner of the peninsula could prove to be a real treat for you guys up that way. By sunrise winds were clean out of the WNW pushing migrants out to sea. Farther down the east coast from Daytona to Ft. Lauderdale and even Miami could see birds coming back in off the water so check out your coastal migrant traps.

Just like yesterday we see a big flight over the Gulf into the morning hours as the radar cuts out. Key West birders and visitors on the Dry Tortugas should see migrants around, they have flown for some time and will probably reach land by mid-day, look out for these birds.

We should all see an exchange of migrants on the ground as lots of birds departed and a wave of new birds arrived. With light and variable winds south of N. FL we expect tried-and-true migrant traps to be best. A large squall line moved through the panhandle from west to east, dropping plenty of moisture along coastal locations. The line of thunderstorms broke up and reappeared later just north of Jacksonville, this may have caused birds to drop out over the area in the morning. Let us know what you see out there today, we hope to see reports from FL Keys Hawkwatch and of course our second home the SFBO!

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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  1. Hey Michelle,

    Thank you so much for the detailed report, we really appreciate it!
    Awesome on the returning Swainson’s Warbler! We wonder what tonight’s winds will bring…or push right over us ;)

    Yes see you in the morning!


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