Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 23, 2011 @ 9:27 am

Surprise Surprise; Late Season Push

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 9:00am this morning. Please note that the Miami radars were down.

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

South to southeast winds was in place last night causing an exodus out of the state and into GA, SC & NC and beyond. In some areas such as Key West and Miami an east wind was blowing. Farther north into Georgia and the Carolinas southerly winds pushed birds north into Virginia and Washington DC. Birds that took to the skies last night at the GA/SC border could have ridden the southerlies into the VA/DC area making for a nice birding day for you all up there.

Looking at the radar we were surprised to see a sweet push of migrants over the Straits. The east winds carried these birds way out over the Tortugas where some of these birds may have chosen to land. These birds were traveling SE—NW at a fast pace and could have been shorebirds. Besides that, KW radar did not see much activity that would have landed due to the lack of precipitation over the area. Miami radar was down again for the third night in a row. We can’t speculate on what happened last night over my hammy but the east winds would have pushed any birds to inland traps such as Barnes or farther east ENP.

Tampa radar recorded a push of migrants moving north that eventually made it into the Jacksonville. Jacksonville radar was hot again last night recording pulses moving out of the state. These are the birds that we expect to have moved into the GA & the Carolinas. Some birds may have trickled out over the First Coast. Check your local migrant traps to see if any of this occurred. High pressure has secured itself over Bermuda which is of great help to birds hoping to make it north in a rush. These birds need to get to their breeding grounds rapido as males are probably already waiting on territory.

Good birding to all and enjoy a nice day out in the Sunshine State today. Please let us know what you are seeing out there by posting your sightings on the site. If you click on the title of this post you will be able to post your sightings on the bottom of the page. Have a great day all 🙂

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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