Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 21, 2011 @ 11:36 am

Headed North; TIme To Nest!

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 10:0a0am 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

Lets start with alerting you that the Miami radar was down for most the night but we included it because it shows an exodus out of the area before it cut out. Now for the story, birds were headed north out of FL last night. Jacksonville radar was alive with pulses as migrants were flying north over the station. Georgia and Carolina birders should see some new faces today.

A small flight is visible on the composite radar image moving NW over the central portion of the state. Miami radar was down as we mentioned which is why the southern portion of the peninsula looks devoid of activity. Key West radar did pick up birds leaving the chain of keys and a small influx of birds crossing the Straits. We expect these birds to continue on their journey north and make a landing somewhere along the Ten Thousand Islands. Looking at the velocity radar to find the axis of movement gives us an idea as to where these pulses are headed. If you look at the gray line of axis you will see that the signals were SE–>NW. East winds will put the bulk of the migrants at inland sites today. Miami birders can check inland migrant traps for any new arrivals.

Hope all of you enjoy the day and see some cool birds today. Please share your sightings with us and the rest of the radar junkie community. Click on the title of this post and scroll down when the window reloads to find a window where you can post. If you have any questions feel free to send us an email at

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


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