Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 27, 2012 @ 8:45 am

Bye Bye Birdies; Safe Travels!

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

A big push to the north was evident across the state last night. Melbourne and Miami radars experienced some issues, so we have a gap in the map, so to speak. A departure out of Cuba can be seen on the KW radar, these birds flew high overhead and continued the journey north along the west coast of the state. With little to put down the birds we expect migrants to fly into the day and make it far up the coast. Miami radar shows us that an exodus of migrants occurred last night, the well may be dry down here. Easterly and ESE winds will push the hub of the movement towards the west coast today. If you are on the east coast of the state hit your inland migrant traps. If you are birding on the west coast of the state, pay a visit to both inland and coastal locations.

Father up the state birds were picked up on the coast at early evening hours. This is an indicates that a gulf crossing took place yesterday. As the night fell migrants were just arriving as other were taking off. The migrants that made the crossing would most likely fly inland and disperse into the landscape.

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.

For migration updates in other regions check-
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – The Northwoods BIRDAR by Max Henschell <- NEW!
New England – Tom Auer’s blog
PA/Ohio Valley – Nemesis Bird by Drew Weber
NW Ohio – Birding the Crane Creek by Kenn Kaufman
Arizona – Words About Birds by Tim Schreckengost <- NEW!
Pac NW – Birds Over Portland by Greg Haworth
Continental US – eBird BirdCast Forecast & Report by Team eBird

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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