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

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

Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 22, 2013 @ 5:15 am

Stalled Front over Central FL

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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The front has stalled, but birds are still on the move. A second front is behind the stalled front, this front should invade the state in a few days and will likely kickstart the stalled front. Migration was most notable south of the stalled frontal boundary. Winds were mostly slack, but a northeasterly wind pattern prevailed overnight. With that being said we expect the best birding to be at inland sites. Winter is fast approaching, birds on the move are Eastern Phoebe, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo and Palm Warblers. Be on the lookout for western strays, late October/early November is a great time to find a Say’s Phoebe, Western Tanager, Vermilion, Ash-throated and Brown-crested Fly, even a Tropical Kingbird among other possible rarities.

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 21, 2013 @ 5:15 am

Cold Front Passage

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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Real nice migration into Florida overnight on the heels of a cold front. Birds were on the move into the state, all radar sites picked up some migration. Heaviest migration occurred north of Orlando. Lookout for both neotropical and winter migrants at your favorite birding spots today. Highest density and diversity is expected along both coasts. Get out there and enjoy the tail end of fall migration, take in the drier, cooler temps as a harbinger of what’s to come. Hope you all had a great weekend :)

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 20, 2013 @ 6:13 am

Cold Front Sandwich

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 series of cold fronts are passing through North Florida today! Birds were on the move between fronts, most migration took place into the Panhandle and east to Jacksonville. Tried and true migrant traps will be your best bet. Down the state, birds were moving south along both coasts, hit up coastal traps and see if migrants indeed migrated in overnight. These fronts should bring down more neotropical migrants as well as our winter migrants. Be on the lookout for newbies in your hood! Have a great Sunday y’all!

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 17, 2013 @ 9:55 am

Tail-end of Neotropical Migration

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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Like birder Count Chucula would say; I vant to see some birds, ONE COLD FRONT HA HA HA HA… TWO COLD FRONT HA HA HA HA… BIRDS HA HA HA HA… A series of cold fronts have been working across the landscape with the first being pushed off into the Atlantic overnight. A second stronger front is moving and shakin’ some birds, ahead and on its heels. A look at the mosaic radar loop shows birds flowing down the state along both coasts and over inland portions of peninsular Florida. Best birding should be at tried and true migrants traps. This is a time of increased diversity as both Neotropical and wintering migrants make their way south. Be on the lookout for your first of season Eastern Phoebe or Blue-headed Vireo, Western Kingbirds are making their way down the state as well as waterfowl. Enjoy the tail-end of fall neotropical migration, weather has been ideal for birds to fly south without much interruption this fall. Like the Stones sing, You Can’t Always Get What You Want….

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 15, 2013 @ 9:17 am

Fall Migration Wrapping Up

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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Fall Neotropical migration is quickly phasing out and winter migration is beginning to ramp up. The latest cold front has stalled north of Florida, but a second, bolder cold front is marching on its heels. At first it looked like this weekend would bring on a new crop of birds, but the staling front hinders major moment south. Be on the lookout for the next front to bring on the wintering migrants, winds behind the front are sending down scores of birds that are leaving the increasingly cold and barren habitats that were bountiful during summer. Don’t forget about late fall season neotropical migrants such as Philadelphia Vireo or Bay-breasted Warbler, these are commonly observed along with the first push of sparrows and yellow-rumps.

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 10, 2013 @ 5:45 am

Hella Birds on the Move Again!

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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Not much time to post today, but we will cover a quick interpretation.

Migrants were on the move south last night. Heavy migration was evident on radar, winds were coming out of the NNE giving birds a tailwind. Birds that launched out over the Atlantic will likely get pushed back west towards the coast. These conditions are perfect for increasing your chances of seeing Blackpoll Warblers, a species which is hard to see in South FL during fall migration. Northeasterly winds should push migrants to inland migrant traps. Check out your favorite tried and true traps in Central, SW and South Florida. Let us know what you see!

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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