Posted by: badbirdz2 | April 23, 2007 @ 5:39 am

Another big push from SE –> NW

The regional composite is really cool today, because you can see the birds moving from eastern radar stations into the western ones. Easterlies were so strong over the Florida Straits that birds appear to be moving E –> W even when crossing over from Cuba. I haven’t seen this type of signal before, but I guess it means that birds leaving the Caribbean are ending up south of the mainland, and travelling into the Gulf as they head north…it’s very strange (check the velocity image from Key West to see what I’m talking about). The forecast for birding is about the same as yesterday, with the highest concentrations being on the west coast, although another push of birds made it into Florida from the Caribbean so expect new birds in the east this morning as well.

Good Birding

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. Liz and I banded this morning and while we won’t add definitive ground truth information, I think the trend this morning reflects David’s radar interpretation and observation re: SE –> NW. Healthy birds had moved out and residuals were sticking around trying to pack on fat and regain breast muscle. Catbirds are now showing pockets of fat. They must be the ones partying at The Wreck and hopping the Greyhound to Key Biscayne.


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