Light northeast winds over the Sunshine State appear to have triggered an equally light flight of birds into most of the peninsula. The exception would be the panhandle which seems to have been more influenced by the heavier migration to our north. Here’s the radar from sunset last night through 5:00am this morning.
Surface winds across Florida last night were variable, but mostly out of the northeast, while upper-level winds range from 5kts (Tallahassee) to 15kts (Miami). Migration densities were highest in the northern third of the state suggesting that less migrant-ready birds were present in the south last night. Looking north, though, migration densities across the southeastern US were much higher than over Florida which indicates a new crop of migrants heading our way. Given the wind direction and overall trajectory of migrants across Florida last night, west-coast migrant traps should be best today with the highest densities in the Panhandle. Birds over Miami will most likely be dispersed into the greater Everglades, making detection difficult. At the southern extreme, birds could be seen moving down the Florida Keys with little exodus across the Florida Straits, suggesting some piling up down on the islands.
Hopefully Angel and Mariel will be up and running again later this evening, as they replace their sick computer!
David & The Badbirdz Team