Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 28, 2009 @ 6:11 am

Tuesday 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

East winds dominated the majority of the peninsula last night with N to NE winds blowing in the Pensacola area through out the night. Birds were on the move once again and the west coast is where you want to be. The St. Pete area looks good this morning as they seem to have received an influx of birds last night, you should see some new faces around this morning. Jacksonville radar did pick up birds moving through but it looks like the majority of them may have overshot you guys up there. Down here in Miami we had more of the same, the vacuum effect! What little birds were around yesterday could be seen exiting the radar with a westward trajectory. We did have small to moderate pulses entering the radar late this morning coming in off the Atlantic. Hopefully we will here from the Key Bunny, wonder what the Cape looked like today. North Miami may have also received some new birds today, coastal migrant traps such as Enchanted Forest, Greynolds, and Pinetree Park may be your best bet. Moving south rain was out over the straits which may have caused migrants to ground from Key West to the Tortugas, a rather nice flight occurred out of Cuba last night while the rain was out. Birds could be seen leaving the coast of Cuba headed towards the west, seems that some of the birds evaded the storms but some may have chosen to land. Migrants were pushed out way west as the east winds were blowing a constant 25+ kts last night, if birds decided to keep on flying last night we expect them to be late arrivals along the west coast. All in all migrants were on the move through out Florida last night; new faces should be around at true and tried migrant traps.

If any one has the chance to look out over the ocean today you may have the right plan, pelagic species are also on the move south and fly close to shore when east winds push them in. From Ft. Clinch to the Keys Shearwaters, Boobies, Gannets and Jaegers can be seen with some patience. M. Brothers had a probable Northern Fulmar as well as great looks at a Sooty Shearwater while doing some ocean scoping. While out there scoping look for groups of migrants coming in off the ocean. Good birding to all!

All sightings posted to Badbirdz2 are greatly appreciated.

Nature is Awesome
Angel and Mariel

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