Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | March 12, 2009 @ 7:00 am

Moderate Migration in FL and the FL Keys

This is the radar from 7:00pm last night to 6:00am 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

Last night east winds dominated again, this has been keeping large numbers of migrant birds from the east to wait for better wind conditions. There was some activity coming from the east last night though, Ft. Lauderdale to Key Biscayne may have some new birds as there was some birds entering the radar last night. The real show was down in the Keys, birds took to the wing at about 10:00pm and made good time flying. The speeds that the birds were traveling may have caused them to overshoot Key West but some birds seem to have landed around Sugar Loaf Key and further north. Big Pine Key may be in for a treat today, birds were still landing later in the morning around Key Largo and the Largo Sound area as well. The Miami radar did have some late morning activity that entered the radar from 4:30am to 6:00am, we expect those birds to land since the sunrise was not too far away. Best bets should be migrant traps on the east, maybe Matheson, Cape FL, Sadowski could be birdy. If anyone birds any of those areas please post your sightings, this will help greatly with ground truth. All in all migration is really starting to kick it up a notch, lets hope these east winds will shift soon so we can get some optimal migration weather.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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