Posted by: woodcreeper | April 25, 2008 @ 6:16 am

Go west, young bird

Who let that east wind back in the house??? Yeah, well, you know the drill: Here’s the radar from 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, FL Base Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL Composite base reflectivity for the Southeastern USA

Birds were on the move all across the Sunshine State, as well as up into the entire Southeast and mid-Atlantic US. East winds over south Florida tended to drive birds in a northwesterly direction over night, with birds leaving Cuba and the Caribbean for the southwest and southeast coasts respectively.
New birds should be very apparent along the west coast of Florida today, with Fort DeSoto being a good bet this morning.

Given the clear skies over Southeast Florida, I’d expect most Caribbean migrants to overshoot the coast and head inland, although a report from Key Biscayne (Liz, are you reading this?) would be helpful to determine whether they decided to stop earlier. Otherwise the state as a whole should have plenty of birds around this morning, with inland and west-coast sites being favored. Given the lack of precipitation on board, spring migrant traps will be the most productive.

Good Birding

David

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  1. Thank you for taking over this wonderful site! it really helped when I saw the prognosis for Friday, right before I left the house to go on a planned excursion to Ft. DeSoto. I’d been there twice before in the 2 weeks prior, and the scant number of birds was so disheartening! I left with soaring expectations Friday morning, and was not disappointed. We had 13 warbler species – as opposed to 5 and 7 the other two times. And those were just about those exact same number of warblers we found in the whole park period those other forlorn times! Bah! Like Roberto Suarez, I was thinking migration might be more of a non-event this Spring. Lesson learned….never say never!

    Keep up the fine work,
    Susan


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