Wow, do those east winds blow.
All the Florida radars were showing strong migration echoes last night, and all of them had some degree of east–>west movement due to the dominant wind direction. The Key West and Miami radars really showed pronounced E–>W flow, with many birds leaving Cuba actually heading into the Gulf, and the birds leaving Miami seeming to head straight for the west coast. Whether these birds would then track north along the west coast, or actually shoot over into the gulf is a mystery to me- but the Tampa radar does show a strong S–>N flow, suggesting that the birds took a turn to stay over land. The latest image at 5:30 shows plenty of birds over the Keys and heading toward the Gulf- so the ones originating over water seem to be sticking to it. Reports from the Tortugas will be interesting today…just to see if these birds keep going throughout the daylight (something that migrants over water do more often than those over land) or put down at first light. West coast locations should see the bulk of the birds today, as they’re getting hit from the south and from the east. If the gulf birds decide to head for land, then Fort Desoto could see new arrivals throughout the day…reports, please! 🙂