Posted by: badbirdz2 | April 3, 2007 @ 10:32 am

Light migration last night

Although winds were quite favorable last night, the number of birds leaving Cuba was noticeably less than the last few evenings. Noel frequently referred to this phenomenon as “running out of migration-ready birds”, something that is consistent, as well, with what I see over New Jersey following several good nights of migration. The forecast is calling for more easterly winds with the possibility of some southeasterly winds around Wednesday night. We’ll have to watch the radar to see what kind of effect this has on the birds. Interestingly, the next few days show northerly winds over the gulf, which should shut down the Trans-Gulf migration for a little and give it time to recharge. If we can get some westerly winds after that, we might see some of the Trans-Gulf birds arriving on the west coast, or even the east coast, of Florida. Okay, everyone should go outside and do the “westerly wind dance”. Of course you should bring your binoculars and do some birding while you’re out there too. Here’s the radar from sunset last night through sunrise this morning:

Frames are every 1/2 hour:
Base Reflectivity image from Fort DixBase Velocity image from Fort Dix

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