Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 8, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

Another Wave of Nocturnal Migrants

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 11:00am 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

Migrants were out over the water again last night with Florida in their sights. Birds were tracked from over the straights to inland Florida on radar. The SE composite radar loop was out again last night making it hard to see if these birds bypassed the Miami area and continued north or not. Birds were definitely moving into the area in good numbers and at 5 a.m. the returns were starting to disappear off radar. This could mean one of two things, birds grounded or they took advantage of their early arrival and decided to fly further north. If this is what happened we expect migrant traps in Northern Miami and Broward to yeild the best chances of seeing migrants.
As for the rest of the state the most activity was picked by the Jacksonville and Tallahassee radars, birds were headed out of Florida in these areas. The front was approaching during the last few frames on the SE composite loop and migrants seem to be riding the coattails of the front into the western panhandle. Looks as if birds were leaving the LA coast and flying behind the front into Florida, maybe we will hear from the Duncans.
As the front rolls in over the panhandle today birds will be contemplating their departure tonight, if the front continues on its path and speed the Merritt Island area has the best chances of having birds drop due to rain in the morning. Tonight a wonderful south wind will prevail pushing migrants to take to the wing and head north. Tomorrow may be one of the best birding days of the spring if conditions persist.

Now it is your turn to report back with your sightings. We look forward to seeing some of you that visit the site post sightings! The site works best as a collaborative effort, together we can make the site a place where we can not only learn more about migration but actually see migration as it is unfolding overhead.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. I watched a flock of 25 to 30 Cedar Waxwings enjoying a large mulberry tree here where I work. Thurs. morning 8 April, North Fort Myers near where I-75 crosses the Caloosahatchee.


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