Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | November 3, 2013 @ 9:56 am

Winter Daze are Here!

Below is a snapshot of the national map with radar and weather fronts. Use this map to get an overall feel of migration and how weather affects nocturnal migration.
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Winter Daze are here and so are the birds! A cold front cleared southern peninsular Florida last night. Along with the passage of the cold front are the arrival of cooler northerly winds. Birds were on the move with clear skies and a tailwind. Wintering migrants are making their way south, they ride the tailwinds of cold fronts and arrive in waves. Neotropical migrants aren’t out of the question either, late migrants continue to make their way south, you might see a few today! Get out and have fun, enjoy the drier, cooler weather and go see some birds! Let us know what you see today. Drop a comment below :)

Our computer is still down and we were unable to download and post the radar as usual so we are doing the second best thing. Below is a list of links to radar loops from 2am-6am.
The regional radar is in reflectivity mode which is best used to quantify birds and to get a picture of where they are moving from. The rest of the radar links are velocity radars, these are best used to determine speed and direction of travel. With these images you are looking at light blue-dark blue returns (incoming birds) and yellow-orange (outgoing birds). The grayish line between the two colors is the line of axis, this line will give you an idea of which direction birds are entering the radar from and which direction they are flying as they exit radar range.

Regional Radar:

EGLIN AFB:

TLH:

JAX:

TBay:

MLB:

MIA:

Key West:

As always Badbirdz depends on its readers to help us understand the magic of bird migration. We ask our readers to take a minute to email us at badbirdz-reloaded@hotmail.com, post a comment on the site or share what you are seeing on our Facebook page. As a whole the Florida birding community is large and enthusiastic about bird migration, lets join together this year to make Badbirdz an integral part of every birders toolbox. Together we can track and monitor birds and learn more about this phenomenon called MIGRATION!

Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel

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  1. Nov 3 checked out Orlando Wetlands. As usual there was lots of water fowl, but not much evidence of winter migrants. There was however unusually large numbers of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks together with juveniles. The same could be said for female Mallards and their juveniles. No male Mallards observed. Palm Warblers were plentiful, but only a few Yellow-rumps, 6-8 Red-shouldered Hawks were active, as well as 1 Kestrel, several Eagles and lots of Eastern Phoebes. Possibly the most significant indicator of recent winter migrant arrivals would be the 4-6 Swamp Sparrows seen. This was a large number for me anyway.

    • Thank you for the report! Although you have not seen a solid moment of winter migrants, it looks like the wetlands already got one wave of such migrants. Lots of Palm Warblers, Eastern Phoebe and House Wren usually come in a bit before the sparrow and waterfowl wave. A Vermilion Flycatcher has also arrived for the winter, it’s been wintering there for a few years now!

      Thanks again! Hope the winter bring lots of goodies to your birding spots.

      A & M

  2. Nov 13, 2013: For the second day in a row, I am watching literally thousands of gulls migrating over Eastern Iowa. I believe they’re Bonaparte’s Gulls. They’re flying in bands at about 100 feet – some lower – but I was able to see some of the id points and feel pretty certain of what I am seeing. 5:00 pm local time with sun just setting and I see a few still coming along ahead of the darkness. I wonder if they will set down for the night?


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