Posted by: woodcreeper | April 1, 2008 @ 6:39 am

More birds from Cuba

Another night of favorable migration conditions over Cuba allowed for a moderate pulse of birds to make their way into SW Florida. Here’s the radar from sunset last night through 5:30am this morning.

Frames are every 1/2 hour for reflectivity and velocity, and every hour for the regional composite. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.

Base Reflectivity image from Key West, FL Base Velocity image from Key West, FLBase Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL Composite base reflectivity for the Southeastern USA
Cuba wasn’t the only place experiencing avian-laden airspace, the entire state of Florida showed moderate to heavy levels of migration last night, mostly in a SE–>NW direction on 15-20mph east winds. Given the trajectory, the best birding conditions in South Florida will be along the southwest coast. Further north, birds were moving on lighter east winds, and appear to have compensated, therefore dispersing across the landscape. In those cases, picking areas notorious for spring birding would be the best bet.

Of course, this site works much better when you come back and discuss the radar in relation to what you’re seeing on the ground (or in the air?), so make sure you pay us a visit and let us know what it’s like out there!

Good Birding




  1. The key is David’s “… make their way to SW Florida” because they’re not here on Key Biscayne! Not only is E wind pushing birds to SW coast, but it’s keeping birds hunkered. A Myrtle in breeding plumage, singing Ovenbirds and Worm-eating Warbler were the consolation prizes for a very non-birdy survey this morning in Cape Florida.


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