Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 19, 2012 @ 6:34 am

Get Out Of Here, Stinkin’ Front!

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 6:00am 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

Migration over the state was moderate at times but dwindled down during the span of the night. Birds were moving N-S over the FL Straits, Miami radar picked up signals arriving from the Caribbean and from the SW. With little to put down the birds we expect tried and true migrant traps to be best today. Some new arrivals should be around but as yesterday we don’t expect too much in the way of diversity. Farther up the state Jacksonville radar was most interesting. Birds tried to depart but may have been grounded on the FL/GA border since it was stormy overhead at midnight. Tampa and the Space Coast radar recorded migrants flying high overhead, some birds will come down to rest but most continued on.

So your best bet today is to bird migrant traps that are close to you or that you particularly like, you never know what you will find! As always, Badbirdz depends on YOU to report your sightings and be our ‘eyes on the ground’, so please come back and give us an idea of what you are seeing in your neck of the woods. This will help us better understand the radar images and in return we can pass this knowledge onto you. Thanks in advance!

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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Responses

  1. Hi, and thanks for this awesome site.

    As for correlating what you see on radar with what is seen on the ground, have you done any work with the eBird database?

    The new smartphone logging app lets us capture the GPS coords of a specific sighting and logs to a “hotspot” for the outing in general. I would think this would be a great source of data for you and I know it is the easiest way to capture sightings with location data, especially if one uses the four character alpha codes like I do. Bang in four codes and hit enter. Job done. Then, there is “Find A Bird” which displays this data on a map of the area with sightings indicated on it. It seems the bird tech has finally matured to the point of being useful.

    I can’t resist the thought that you should be able to query different areas for species of interest based on your radar analysis. and see what comes back.


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