Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 14, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

On The Wing; Migrants En Masse

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 11:00am 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

Winds were ripe and birds were ready for the flight! Migrants were moving out of FL as well as coming in over the FL Straits. Birds flying over the Straits were moving NNW as they moved over the KW radar site. Earlier in the evening a smaller group of birds were leaving the bay side of the FL Keys chain. These birds took flight right out over the Gulf and were probably going for a Gulf crossing. We would suspect these signals to be that of shorebirds that have either been wintering in FL Bay or have arrived in the recent days. Miami radar picked up lots of rain in the morning so we hope we hear back from our Miami peeps as to what may have come in.

Tampa radar was alive and shows a similar flight of migrants flying right out into the Gulf. We would expect these birds to make an approach on the coastline of the panhandle, from ST. Marks to Panama City in the early to late afternoon hours. Any birders out there that can either prove or disprove our prediction, we would love to hear from you. Again with little precipitation across much of the state birds have the advantage and can fly faster and farther. Look for migrants at your favorite migrant traps and as always please give us a hint of what you are seeing out there. Get out and bird, its the weekend, migrants are here and a rarity is waiting to be found!

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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