Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | November 2, 2011 @ 11:41 am

NE Winds Trigger Late Season Migration

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 10:30am 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

Birds were on the move last night out of Miami and towards the FL Straits. A new batch of migrants could be seen working their way south on the SE mosaic radar loop. North Carolina had some incoming action overhead last night. We expect this movement to consist of mainly winter migrants. Jacksonville radar tells us that migrant were entering the state through the NE corridor. Migrant traps along the coast such as Huguenot and Merritt Island should see some new arrivals this morning. NE winds are ideal for Raptor migration so look up to catch the tail end of raptor migration. Check out our friends at the FL Keys Hawkwatch, they are recording the passage of many raptors as they fly past the FL Keys.

This weekends cold front brings some promise with it. Waterfowl has been on the move lately, reports are surfacing around the state with great birds popping up daily. Yesterday after work we found a female American Wigeon in a small pond that rarely holds anything. Larry Manfredi called to report Redheads and Gadwall at Mzarek’s Pond inside ENP! We rarely see Redhead Ducks this far south which leads us to believe that it will be a great waterfowl season. Drought conditions west of Florida may drive waterfowl and other birds to the east in search of better foraging habitat. South FL has already seen some really cool birds that don’t usually show up in the region. Keep an eye out for Eurasian Wigeon, Cinnamon Teal and other uncommon ducks as well as geese this winter.

A big Jaeger and other seabird migration is going on along the east coast of the state. Several birders have been reporting awesome numbers of Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers, Northern Gannet as well as possible Long-tailed Jaegers along the coast. Seaducks should be joining the party soon so be on the lookout! A sweet NE wind gradient is in place over the Atlantic, pushing seabirds closer to shore for us to enjoy without the up and down motion on a pelagic trip. Get out and get sea sprayed, Y’all!

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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