Posted by: badbirdz2 | April 12, 2007 @ 6:23 am

Exodus

Wow- such fair-weathered-friends these birds are. Give them a little tail wind and watch them go! The radars show birds leaving the entire Florida peninsula, en masse, last night. Only a small trickle of birds made their way from Cuba, and most of the birds that made it to South Florida two nights ago appear to have left for the north. Based on this, migrant traps in Central and northern Florida should see new birds today.

Frames are every 1/2 hour for reflectivity and velocity, and 1 hour for the regional composite
Base Reflectivity image from Key WestBase Velocity image from Key West Base Reflectivity image from MiamiBase Velocity image from Miami Regional Base Reflectivity for the Southeast

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  1. We only banded 23 birds this morning at Cape Florida before a new batch of storms moved in mid-morning, and half of them were catbirds. Guess they’re too lazy to fly all the way to Central FL last night like all the other birds from the Keys did. The timing of Tuesday night’s rain seemed to create a situation where nearly that entire batch of migrants leapfrogged over mainland south Florida.

    OK, Meret, what did you see and band today? It looked good on Melbourne radar at 5AM today.


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