Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | August 20, 2009 @ 8:47 am

Light to Moderate Migration

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

Last night migrants were back on the move with the biggest movement we have seen since Aug. 13th. With upper level winds helping birds south migrants decided to take flight last night making good ground. The general trend was birds flying from NW SSE; with birds moving NW SSW further down the state. Migrants were picked up by all three major radars in the northern portions of the state as birds streamed overhead. Radars in the central portion of the state displayed birds moving through on their way south as well. The Everglades City radar did not pick up many incoming targets but migrants definitely fled this area; activity was picked up as the migrants were leaving the area beaches with a SSE direction, taking a SSW turn somewhere near the homestead AG fields. Any shorebirders around there today, Manfredi we would love to hear from you. Migrants were entering the Miami radar in the late morning hours which should equate to new faces around today. Inland location such as Lucky Hammock, Indian Hammocks, Castellow, Chekika etc… should be your best bet. Coastal hot spots should also be holding migrants but in smaller numbers than inland migrant traps.

In the central portions of the state migration was evident as birds were entering the radars as well as passing through. In the late morning some movement was picked up as migrants were making their decent in the middle of the state. Given the wide distribution of the targets we feel as migrants will be wide spread and harder to find in concentrations. Inland locations look best for migrants; Leesburg, Lakeland and Winter Park seem to mark out a triangle where migrants were descending during the late morning hours. St. Pete radar did pick up activity and should see some new faces as they move into the interior, all migrant traps should be checked for new birds today.

The panhandle saw its share of birds all last night but it seems that the majority of these migrants did not stop and proceeded down the state. With migrants departing from locations just north of the panhandle migrants are able to get further down the state before sunrise. Some birds seem to have made into the area late in the morning; migrants could have made it into the St. Marks vicinity. Further north around Lake Seminole we also saw some late morning movement into the area; migrant hotspots near here may be holding some gems today.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


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