Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 2, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

Major Migrant Spillage!

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 11:00am 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

Sorry for the late posts the last few days but we have been under the weather. Last night migrants took to the skies en masse, optimal migration conditions were prevalent and birds took advantage. Most signals picked up crossing the Straits were flying SE-NW with help from prevailing winds. Most of the state experienced heavy to moderate migration overhead. With a tailwind and the lack of precipitation we expect birds to fly west and inland. Looking at the SE regional radar it looks as if birds were spilling over the dam into GA, particularly over the Okefenokee NWR.

With wide-spread E-ESE winds over the state most birds flew towards the west coast and inland migrant traps. Miami radar picked up lots of returns coming in over the Atlantic. These birds would be the bread and butter of spring migration down here along the east coast. We see lots of Caribbean migrants and less of the Trans-Gulf migrants. Plenty of Cape May, Black-throated Blue Warblers, Ovenbirds and American Redstarts should be around for you to enjoy, also keep an eye out for Connecticut Warbler, a migrant that is best seen in Miami during spring migration. Key West radar recorded a big flight heading NW over the islands and out over the Gulf. With steady ESE winds out in the Gulf, these birds will be vectored to the west and will likely make landfall west of FL.

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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