Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 16, 2009 @ 7:31 am

Moderate Migration Through Florida

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

Winds shifted from North to South over the straits and triggered birds to fly last night. As the birds flew they encountered west winds over the Marathon area. The west winds continued up through Lake Worth, throwing east coast birders a bone. The forecast called for some gusty winds last night, partly cloudy and some showers. For the most part birds that flew into the Miami radar were headed in an eastward direction. Northern Miami Dade and southern Broward migrant traps should be worth a check this morning, as birds came in from the Bahamas true and tried traps as Evergreen Cemetery, HT Birch, Enchanted Forest, and Greynolds Park, etc… With the wave that came in from the Bahamas coastal migrant traps look like your best bet today. Matheson or the Cape would be our choice this morning in Dade, in Broward the cemetery and Anne Kolb looks like your best chance for a great bird. Inland sites to the south may have some luck as well, migrant traps such as AD Barnes and Kendall Indian Hammocks should have gotten a new batch of birds today. ENP may be holding birds that came in earlier in the week and have chosen to vacation for a couple of days. In the north Broward and the Palm Beach area birds came in off the ocean late this morning, maybe some more birds for you Eva. To the west Sanibel looks like it may be good today. Birds were migrating over the area and hopefully some came down for you guys over there.
Further north birds seem to have been sucked out of the St. Pete area and headed east towards Jacksonville. From Jasper to Fernandina Beach may be a good place to bird today, lots of the migrants that exited the St. Pete area flew in that general direction. The NW Panhandle showed movement on the radar but most of it seems to have been shifting locations, no big influx of birds. Good birding to everyone and enjoy the spring migration.

All sightings posted to are greatly appreciated!

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



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