Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 1, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

Its My Birthday and I Will Fly If I Want To :)

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

WOW and did the birds fly last night and this morning. The center of low pressure seems to have moved off into the Gulf or at least the winds tend to think so. SE winds are pumping across the state from surface levels to over 5K feet. Even with the amount of precipitation over the straits last night, birds took off! Some interesting movement can be seen on the SE regional mosaic radar loop. A good number of migrants flew late into the morning hours and some were grounded early in the flight. Some birds that seem to have landed would pop back up on radar farther north. Are these the same targets? Or are they new signals flying the same trajectory? This looks like birds were making changes in trajectory as well as altitude while migrating around the stormy weather. Cool stuff none-the-less!

Migrants were moving in a rough SE-NW direction over much of the state. Lots of birds took off from Cuba and the Keys last night so expect a new batch of birds along the west coast from Sanibel to the Big Bend! Look for arrivals at coastal migrant traps on the west coast and the southern panhandle coast. Key West should be interesting as many migrants seem to have taken off last night but a new batch looks to have made land fall while flying through rain. Get out and bird, the weather is perfect, we know there is another rarity out there just waiting to be found! Go find it, we would start in Key West :)

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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