Posted by: woodcreeper | October 12, 2008 @ 6:08 am

Big push over Florida

Another night of good migration conditions resulted in a heavy flight over the entire state. Here’s the radar from 7:00pm last night through 5:00am this morning.

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

The composite image indicates that most of the state experienced heavy migration last night. Surface winds were relatively light, and the trajectory on the velocity image confirms this by showing birds heading almost due south over Miami and Key West. Strong easterlies in the Florida Straits appear to have thwarted much crossing from the Keys or mainland, so South Florida and the Keys should see a good influx of birds today.

Good Birding,


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  1. Easterly flow kept most stuff off of Cape Florida, but an early morning rain shower made a few land before dawn. 29 new birds banded; OVEN was 1/3 the captures. SWWA, GCTH, YBCU were other highlights. BLPW and several CMWA’s seen around.


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