Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | March 5, 2009 @ 6:25 am

Migration Radar

This is the radar from 7:00pm last night to 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

Hey everyone spring migration is starting up again along with the Badbirdz2 bird radar. Last night there was lots of bird movement through out the central and northeastern portion of Florida. Wintering birds appear to making their journey back north as large quantities of what are probably Robins can been seen leaving their roosts last night flying a northeasterly projection. You can see the birds mixing in with a group already in flight in the middle of the state and heading together towards the northeast coast.
As far as South Florida we had some small movements of birds coming into the radar from Cuba and the Bahamas. Some feedback from friends in the field indicates that a new pulse of N. Parulas arrived last night. Even with a strong ENE wind last night some birds still managed to make it through the Florida straights and into the middle keys. Southern Miami Dade also saw a small movement of migrants but may not be really evident down on the ground. Our guess is that anyone birding today will see some new birds especially Parulas. Soon the radar will be lighting up as awesome numbers of migrating birds make their long journey home.

Any ground truth is really appreciated; with help from our fellow birders we can understand migration better. Remember this only makes our birding experience that much more enriched and all of us can benefit from this radar study. Thanks in advance.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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