Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 28, 2012 @ 9:43 am

WOW! Migration Was On Tap :)

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 10:00am 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

Birds were on the move last night! If you are north of FL, get out and bird today. Radars across the northern portions of the state recorded heavy densities of migrants moving north overhead. East winds over the lower half of the state may have pushed migrants to inland migrant traps but farther up the state the southerly winds were in play and thus the mass exodus.

Key West radar picked up the next weather feature in the forecast, a deep moisture pumping low, digging NW out of the Caribbean. If you look at the last few frames on the KW radar you can see how migrants were aloft in the early morning as the rain advanced NW. Looks like some of the signals leaving Cuba stuck to the west of KW but the other half moved east along the islands. These birds may have been grounded with the impending rain to the north. We would go looking for arrivals forced down in the upper and mid-keys or the Flamingo area within the Everglades National Park. If you are on the west coast, Sanibel Lighthouse has been the place to be! We hope to hear from Don and Lillian Stokes with a report from the area. They have reported some great birds from the lighthouse this spring.

So many birds moving north but not much rain north of Miami. We feel your best bet is to hit tried-and-true migrant traps today. There is always birds that trickle out during the flight or birds that have moved locally into better feeding habitat. Fort De Soto is still generating reports of Cerulean Warbler among many more species, Wood Thrush, many grosbeak and buntings plus orioles in bright breeding plumage. Get out and enjoy the bounty of spring folks!

As always, Badbirdz depends on YOU to report your sightings and be our ‘eyes on the ground’, so please come back and give us an idea of what you are seeing in your neck of the woods. This will help us better understand the radar images and in return we can pass this knowledge onto you.

For migration updates in other regions check-
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – The Northwoods BIRDAR by Max Henschell <- NEW!
New England – Tom Auer’s blog
PA/Ohio Valley – Nemesis Bird by Drew Weber
NW Ohio – Birding the Crane Creek by Kenn Kaufman
Arizona – Words About Birds by Tim Schreckengost <- NEW!
Pac NW – Birds Over Portland by Greg Haworth
Continental US – eBird BirdCast Forecast & Report by Team eBird

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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