Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 9, 2009 @ 5:22 am

Birthday Radar

This is the radar from 7:00pm last night to 4:30am 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 all Panhandle radars showed some of the best migration we have seen all season. With the help of a NW wind migrants took advantage of the tail winds and took off in large numbers. Once birds were over the water they seem to have taken a turn towards Louisiana, according to reflectivity levels there were as much as 602-1788 per cubic km.
Heavy action continued throughout the night, winds helped birds clear out of the panhandle. There should be some new migrants around today but not in high densities due to the winds carrying the birds away.
Jacksonville radar last night had some moderate migration; most of what was picked up by the radar made it passed Jacksonville and continued south. Melbourne radar picked up birds as they left the Jacksonville radar, they can be tracked from Jacksonville to Melbourne.
St. Pete radar only showed birds leaving the coast taking to the wing over the Gulf, this area may be devoid of migrants today; sorry.
Miami radar picked up birds entering and leaving the radar for much of the night. The anticipation of rain had us hopeful for some concentrations but it seems as birds moved west with the winds. ENP looks like a good spot to bird today given the wide distribution of the pulses visible on the radar. Inland locations are definitely looking best for today; Castellow Hammock, Kendall Indian Hammock; Chekika all may have some new faces today.
The west coast may be holding more birds than the interior, anyone birding Sanibel or the area? Winds carried most of the activity on the radar in a general NE to SW direction.
Key West radar had lots of movement including a large exodus to Cuba; birds were displaced over the water and blown over to the Tortugas according to the images. Wish we had someone to report what is going on at the Tortugas. Migrants were also entering the radar late in the morning and may have chosen Key West for a spot to rest and feed before tonight.

Good birding to all, hope this weekend brings you all some goodies.

Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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