Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 1, 2014 @ 1:08 am

Bird Migration Ramps Up!

Winds are ripe for migration, birds are on the wing and headed your way! Take a look at how winds affect migration. Where winds are optimal, migration is very evident on the radar image. Birds look for a tailwind which help minimize fuel consumption during the flight.

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Radars in the central and the northern region of the state picked up some considerable migration overnight. Check out these images from 12:30am.

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With winds pushing birds north and west, expect best birding locations to be on the west coast of the state and into the panhandle. Please let us know what you run into our there and what conditions were like where you birded.

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Angel & Mariel

Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | March 29, 2014 @ 8:05 am

Rainy Night = Birdy Day

A prefrontal system is dropped lots of precipitation over the west coast overnight. Migrant traps such as Fort De Soto are in the mix of things with birds headed NW and the storms coming in off the gulf. As conditions sit right now 1:30am, we expect birds to start to choose a location to land as the adverse weather is making its way onshore. We’ve made an image that may help some of you.

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Angel & Mariel

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Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | March 26, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

Lift off!

Migration is picking up with every night that passes. Reports of Least Tern, Black-necked Stilt, Red-eyed Vireo, Black-and-white Warblers and other early migrants have been reported this week. Check out these images of birds taking off from the Marquesas Islands!

 

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Now birds lifting off from the Lake Ingraham area!

 

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Daily radar posts will be up soon. We are in the process of swapping up how we download, animate and post radar images. In the meantime we will continue to pay close attention to the radar nightly and will post if we see anything interesting or big flights.

 

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Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | March 12, 2014 @ 5:25 am

March Madness is about to Kickoff

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Birds recorded on radar flying over the FL Straits.

Link to radar animation of birds flying over the state ahead of incoming weather out of the Gulf.
http://weather.rap.ucar.edu/radar/displayRad.php?icao=KBYX&prod=n0r&bkgr=black&endDate=20140312&endTime=-1&duration=12

The Bermuda High has taken its place and soon will be the major force behind the southerly winds aloft. Migrants looking to fly north for the spring are waiting for optimal winds from the south to make the crossing easier. Last night winds were ripe for migration and as a result we can see that many birds took to the skies.

We should start posting our regular daily radar posts soon. For right now we leave you with the radar overlaid on a weather map. You can see that a front is moving south and accompanying this front is some weather that is moving west to northeast across the state. Migration was most evident over the FL Straits and into the west coast as well as along the northeastern corner of the state. Areas that experienced rainfall between 2-6a.m. may have an increased chance of seeing some incoming spring migrants.

Fort DeSoto Park is usually a great place to begin searching for spring migrants. Check out your local spring migration trap and you might get lucky. Southern cities such as Miami have been seeing regular pulses of migrants for over a week now.

Keep an eye out for these spring arrivals. We’ve been hearing birds singing while on our walks! Get ready; spring migration is upon us 😃

Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | January 4, 2014 @ 7:00 am

Arctic Invasion

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An arctic blast is on its way south and FL is in its crosshairs. An approaching cold front will be making its mark on Florida late this weekend and into the beginning of next week. Temperatures are forecast to dip as low as the teens in some inland locations in the western panhandle. What is even more interesting is the “possibility” of snow over the panhandle. Precipitation is forecast to be available at high levels of the atmosphere and in turn may be cooled enough to cause some of the white stuff to fall over the panhandle. This is not a sure thing, but just the looming possibility is awesome.

Of course we are thinking, what will this cold front do for birders? The cold temps and sudden snowfalls in the Midwest and down into the Southeast could push birds to migrate south due to food being covered by snowfall. Even more of a threat can be ice, birds will have a hard time finding food that they can eat. Be on the lookout for sparrows, blackbirds, kinglets and other passerines that are on the move south in search of greener pastures. Reports of lakes being frozen over may also mean that waterfowl has vacated and flown south. This could have something to do with recent reports of incoming waterfowl and northern gulls such as Glaucous and Iceland Gull.

Below are a few forecast model outputs. Check out the cold air mass making its way south and the temps that follow the frontal boundary. Temperatures will be so low that they may break records. Across the panhandle, Monday nights lows are forecast to match or be colder than records set back in 1924! Stay warm friends.

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The above images show a precipitation type forecast. Notice the blue band that is over the Gulf and into the panhandle. This means that all the ingredients for snow will be available at the time of the forecast. Will the cook be in the house? We will have to wait and see.

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Break out the parkas and boots Floridians!

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Angel & Mariel

Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | November 18, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

Winter Migration Ramps Upʉ 

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A cold front has made its way into the state tonight. Temps are dropping behind the frontal boundary and along with this drop in temps, birds have taken flight! Radar is picking up large quantities of moving targets, this could be a push of waterfowl, robins, blackbirds and other winter migrants such as Yellow-rumps.

Unlike spring and fall migration, winter migration runs at a slower pace. Birds make shorter migrations and will drop down with a lot less of a threat. A simple wind shift or a rainstorm sparked off by the front may be enough to bring down birds. Keep an eye on the weather over your area and if you have the day off, go bird your favorite winter spots. This movement should be noticeable in the northern half of the state. The front seems to be the major catalyst to this migration so expect the birding to be best if the front has passed your birding spot. At home keep those feeders ready for the finches and the suet out for other passerines. Enjoy the cool down, brrrr! LOL

Below is a temperature forecast map; scroll down and watch the temps fall.

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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!

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Angel & Mariel

Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 25, 2013 @ 5:50 am

Cold Front Mania

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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A cold front cleared South FL and the FL Keys yesterday and sort of got hung up waiting for a shift in upper level winds. A second front is heading south down the peninsula and should push start the stalled front. Extensive cloud cover and precipitation to the SE and SW of the state could hold up birds again tonight. Neotropical migrants are still showing up down here in considerable numbers leading us to believe we are dealing with a somewhat late migration by the birds. Given the NE wind flow we will say that inland locations especially those in the SW could be best. Besides inland sites, coastal tried and true migrant traps have potential for being great if precipitation is in the right place at the right time.

Get out bird this weekend and share some of your sights with us!

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

Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 24, 2013 @ 5:20 am

Sweeping Fronts

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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Birds were riding the tailwinds last night! Migration was evident with birds heading south over much of the state. Winds are blowing in from the north which is pushing a series fronts down the peninsula. Birding should be good in spots where precipitation had the chance to ground birds. South FL had a front pass through overnight. Drier air is settling in and northerly winds triggered a good flight.
A second front is still situated over North FL. In between this cold front sandwich we expect a good push of migrants overnight. The first front should clear the Keys by morning, north winds behind the front gives birds a tailwind that could carry them over and past us. One thing in our favor would be extensive cloud cover from Central FL to South FL. This cloud cover could encourage some birds to land and wait for a clear night to migrate over water. As night fell, most of the precipitation associated with the front moved off into the Atlantic. This precipitation could have stacked up birds over South FL and still could if thunderstorms fire up early in the day. Lets see what the day brings!

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

Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 23, 2013 @ 5:40 am

One Front, Two Front, Three!

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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A cold front parade is indeed underway, swinging through a town near you! Birds are riding on the fronts as they parade south through the state. Get out to your migrant traps and see if you catch the parade of migrants. Birds have been on the move with the series of cold fronts that are heading south. Today we can see from the image above that not one, not two, but three cold fronts are lined up. Along with these fronts, upper level winds are strong and jet stream levels are just crazy. Clear skies behind fronts translate to birds on the wing. A weather pattern as such is conducive with depositing western vagrants here in Florida. Birds that are migrating south over the Mid-West could get caught up in the strong jet stream and drift eastward into the state. This happens almost annually, it’s all in the winds.
Be on the lookout for counterpart species that we see every winter, Green-tailed Towhee in contrast to Eastern Towhee or a Western Meadowlark instead of an Eastern Meadowlark shoot while we are at it a Varied Thrush rather than a Hermit Thrush. You catch our drift! Three fronts pushing birds south, this scenario is looking like it will clear us of neotropical migrants less the ones that decided to winter in extreme South FL.

Below is an image that shows wind speeds and direction at 3,000ft. You can see that swift cold winds are running south over the Mid-West and into the Southeast. This could indeed put birds out over the Gulf of Mexico when it was not their intention. At this point a bird that overshoots the coast and is wishing to winter in North America will head east or west searching for landfall. This is where we get lucky in FL, we have a 50/50 chance that these birds will end up in the state. Get at it folks, find these rarities :)
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Enjoy the tail-end of neotropical migrant movement and welcome our wintering birds. Soon your will have shifted focus and you will be searching grasses and beaches rather than oaks and mahoganies for birds. Enjoy the drier weather that will invade our atmosphere over the next few days, it’s going to feel like winter soon. Well at least a FL winter….

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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