Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 29, 2008 @ 6:33 am

Chilly Willy Migration

Here is the radar from 7:00pm to 4:30am this morning. Northwest winds throughout the state again last night.

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 radar showed lots of movement from FL Bay into the Keys, a big mass left last night and seemed to make it into the Lower Keys. Birds were moving in the NW->SE direction making the East coast locations your best chances of good birding. The Miami radar showed light migration heading down along the East coast, we expect the migrant traps along the coast to be the best bet for new birds. Hopefully some of the birds seen over the Atlantic make their way back in before sunrise and ground at the migrant traps. But we don not expect much to be around, the birds had a nice tail wind and probably flew right over us. Key West and the other keys should be birdy as the nice flight that left FL Bay looked awesome. Hopefully birders down at Marathon looking for the White Wagtail can report some ground truth. Birding should be nice as the weather is cool and dry which will allow you to relax while birding without a sweat.

Good Birding

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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  1. Banding at the Cape today was cold and slow.
    Nine birds were banded including AMRE, BTBW, GRCA, SSHA. A Brown-crested Flycatcher was seen as well, awesome bird to warm you up when you can hardly feel your fingers. Raptors were out and about making birds hunker down, NOHA, SSHA, COHA, OSPR, MERL and BWHA were seen. Several Eastern Phoebe have taken up their favorite perches to hawk insects, those are some cool little guys! Lots of Northern Rough-winged Swallows were present along with some BARS and a couple of BANS. Yellow-rumps have started to arrive but a little at a time.

    Nature is Awesome
    Angel & Mariel

    Please make sure to post your sightings. Your sightings of something or even nothing will help us with interpreting the radar better. Your help will be greatly appreciated. A&M


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