Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 19, 2011 @ 11:14 am

Little Migration Over FL :)

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 9:30am 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

As a strong front makes its way into FL, something feels a bit off. That’s right bird migration! Birds are sticking to the ground as showers and thunderstorms have been prevalent the last few days. A cold front should move through S. FL today clearing out the skies with it. Tornadic activity has decreased as winds become more linear which also means that the atmosphere is a lot more stable. Thunderstorms associated with the passage of the front is the biggest threat now. As the front moves into our region winds will shift to a gusty SW and eventually northwesterly by nightfall. Birds that decide to migrate behind the front could be pushed over into the SE parts of the state making Miami a great place to be once again.

The front tore through Texas with high wind gusts (75+) in places and stirred up a bunch of birds and dropped them down in different areas of eastern Texas. This front will bring lots of birds along with it, be ready!

For today we expect birds to have stayed put since conditions last night were not conducive for migration. The only exception to this is along the western panhandle as birds flew SW and W into the AL/FL border. Maybe we will hear from the Duncan’s about what bounty the front has to offer.

The great pile up of 2011 will still be at your nearest migrant trap. Get out and check it out, who knows what you will see. Birds have been here feeding and resting and will fly given the opportunity so expect a huge exodus out of Miami in the following nights. The front will bring us new goodies to enjoy. Get ready for the little brown jobs as they are already here. Yesterday we saw one Lark Sparrow and two Clay-colored Sparrow while looking at warblers! They could be anywhere, migration patterns seem to have been disrupted by the thunderstorms and gusty condition. A large wind gradient is in place at higher altitudes behind the front with strong winds originating over the southern plains. These winds have proven to shoot western vagrants into northern FL so keep an eye our for the exception to the norm.

Get out and have fun, make sure to report back. We are still hoping to hear from our local birders and our readers who visit the site daily. Email us or click on the comment link to your bottom right.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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