Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | August 14, 2009 @ 9:11 am

Light to Moderate Migration over Florida

This is the radar from 7:00pm last night to 8:00am 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

An early evening migration event occurred last night over the entire state with the heaviest activity picked up by the Jacksonville and Tallahassee radars. Birds were on the move shortly after sundown and can be seen traveling at a relatively high velocity till storms moved into the Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties. Concentrations could be possible along Sopchoppy or near that area as birds could have taken refuge as strong storms came in. Migrants were picked up by the St. Pete radar moving in as the storms came inland along the big bend; this may equate in some new arrivals this morning, with highest densities along the coast. With the densities seen on the radar along the northern east coast we expect new migrants around, migrant traps such as Hugenot, MINWR, and Ponce Inlet etc… should be checked for migrants. We suspect many of the birds entering the radar in this region to be shorebirds; the pulses picked up were traveling at a high velocity.
Upper level winds have been favorable for migration along the eastern part of the Mississippi flyway, but as you go east the winds have just not been optimal.
Down the state we had some light migration movement; again early evening was when most of the activity was picked up by the radar. Inland Miami Dade had some action right before storms threatened to come onshore. We do not expect any concentrations given the wide distribution of the targets visible on the radar last night. Inland locations look like your best chance to get some FOTS birds.
Key West radar has been picking up some interesting activity for the last four days and last night was no different. Birds could be seen leaving the southwest tip of ENP headed towards the Keys. Both bayside and Oceanside flats should be checked for new arrivals. Good birding to all and remember to come back and share what your seeing out there; your sightings will be greatly appreciated.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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