Posted by: woodcreeper | April 3, 2008 @ 6:42 am

More arrivals last night




While clearly not optimal, strong easterly winds over Florida still allowed for some dedicated birds to make the trip across the Florida Straits. Coupled with a more southerly flow across the Gulf and southern US, migrants could be seen pushing up the Mississippi, Central and Eastern flyways through early this morning. Here’s the radar from sunset last night through 6:00am 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

While migration was heavy in the northern part of the state, the influx of new birds was fairly minimal. Both the Key West and Miami radars show a small pulse of birds leaving Cuba after sunset, and arriving along the southwest Florida coast by early this morning. The general flow of migration over the state is consistent with the last two nights, where east winds push birds to the west over the southern half of the state, while the trajectory switches more northerly from central Florida northward. Naturally, with little influx and a NNW flow, the west coast and panhandle are going to be favored, as far as birding goes.

Things are really about the heat up over the Sunshine State, as the long-term forecast is calling for a strong cold front to reach the panhandle by Friday. Winds will initially turn southeasterly, then southerly, and then (YES!) southwesterly by Saturday afternoon. We’ll have to keep an eye on this as it develops, so stay tuned!

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  1. From Key Biscayne: AAARRRGGGHHHH!!!!!!!

  2. Hey David things are slow down here. The ground truth is that, there is no new influx of birds. Birded Key Largo for a bit before work today, not much to mention. Did have our FOTS Black-whiskered Vireo, no Mangrove Cuckoo (arrrrrggghhhhh) but there will be other days. Warblers have not been around and the wintering ones have now left, leaving us missing our little friends. Send us some of your birds from up there!! lol

    Thanks so much for posting the radar, you are awesome.

    Nature is Awesome
    Angel & Mariel

    “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
    John Muir


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