Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 7, 2012 @ 6:38 am

More Migrants On The Way

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

Migrants are on a one track mind right now, get to my breeding grounds, fast! A southerly flow helped migrants make the voyage over FL last night. Over Miami a bit of west in the winds carried birds over to us but it seems as if they will continue north. At 5am you can see birds on the Miami radar moving S->N at high altitudes which indicates that birds will indeed pass us by and hit points north of Miami. Migrant traps along the coast such as Anne Knolb, Birch SP, Gumbo Limbo, Spanish River etc… may see some arrivals today.
Farther up the state we expect much of the same as birds were still flying at sunrise. A tailwind can go a long way for migrants, conserving energy thus allowing them to fly farther is just one huge benefit. The northern parts of the state felt some rain overnight but much of the precipitation dissipated before morning. Jacksonville area seems to have the best chances of seeing migrants brought down by the rain. Gainesville had lots of birds overhead as the westerly component directed birds over interior Florida. The Space Coast may get lucky today and see some warblers and maybe some new shorebirds. If any of our readers are from the area, please share your sightings :)

As always, Badbirdz needs YOU to help out and be our “boots on the ground” so to speak! You can help by sharing your sightings and your weather observations in relation to bird migration in your patch!

Get out and see what came in overnight :)

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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