Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 24, 2009 @ 7:07 am

Moderate to Heavy Migration

This is the radar from 7:00pm last night to 5:30am 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

Just sat down to look at the radar from last night and noticed that all radars were down after midnight last night. The prior post reflected a quick look at the radar that downloaded last night, the radar cut short therefore we had to look for alternatives. Last night east winds prevailed across the southern end of Florida; to the north the winds were shifting a bit with the most favorable winds around the Panhandle and the St. Pete area. Birds were leaving from Cuba and the Bahamas last night, good numbers were very evident on the radar leaving both locations. Birds that flew out of Cuba took a westerly trajectory due to the east winds. So you figure the Bahama flock that flew in last night would stay around Miami to give us tropical birders a treat but no; birds could be seen flying in a tight group into the Naples area. Any migrants out there Vince? Sanibel, BC Boardwalk, Corkscrew look like they may be loaded today. For us down here inland migrant traps may be your best bet with ENP being our choice. The Flamingo area might be nice today; this area had birds flying over in the early morning hours. Up North the real story looks like it may play out in the extreme western edge of the panhandle. Eglin AFB radar as well as Alabama radar showed lots of birds coming in late in the morning. Birds are still flying in at 10am; check the southwestern coast for what looks like an awesome arrival. Jacksonville also had a nice influx of birds over the night; migrant traps in this area should yield some new faces. Well we wish we were in southeast Texas, Louisiana or Alabama today; the radar looked amazing! We are sure we will see some really nice reports tonight from the area. Good birding and enjoy the beautiful day.

All sightings posted to Badbirdz2 are greatly appreciated!

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. My list from Matheson this morning, 4/24:

    Blackpoll (1)

  2. Hello,

    I had a walk around UM campus today and saw nothing! no warblers to be seen. This may not be very helpful but thought I would leave a comment. It was good to meet you the other day.



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