Posted by: woodcreeper | August 16, 2008 @ 6:49 am

Let the radar begin…

It always takes me awhile to get the old engine started after a summer hiatus… this morning was no different. I even tried to hit the snooze and postpone the inevitable one more hour, but after lying awake for 20 minute, realized that I should just get up, download the radar, and begin the fall migration study. I thought I’d share that with you, just in case you thought I was crazy and jumped out of bed each morning with wild abandon…maybe by mid-September. Anyway, without blubbering on too long about my aches and pains, here’s the radar. 🙂

Frames are every 1/2 hour. 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 clearly moving over the region last night, although over Florida the radar suggests only moderate to low migration decreasing in intensity from north to south. A good push was evident out of South Florida into the Keys, and as of 5:00am there was even a group of birds heading out into the Florida Straits. As for the birding conditions, since the movement across the radar was in a N–>S direction, and given the lack of any significant weather to bring birds down, the best bets this morning will be the tried and true fall migration hotspots throughout the state. Birding in the northern part of the state should be good, while in the southern region birds will be more dispersed. The exception may be the lower Keys where some concentrations might be apparent due to the early morning arrival of migrants previously mentioned. As has been customary, please come back and let me know whether or not these forecasts pan out. I’m looking forward to another fall season watching migration unfold!

Good Birding,


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  1. Hey David
    We have to say THANKS! We are always happy to hear from you. Your dedication is much appreciated down here in the MIA. Looking foward to a great migration this fall. We will try to post our findings so that you can get some ground truth as much as we can. Thanks again…

    2 wild & crazy birders!
    Angel & Mariel

  2. Nice timing! Today was our first day banding at Cape Florida. Very few birds around, but we did band 6 warblers: BAWW(2), AMRE, NOWA, PRAW, and OVEN. We were hoping for some Cajun seasoning but he eluded capture.

    TS Fay is coming…..look busy!



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