Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | March 31, 2013 @ 7:00 am

Easter Sunday Radar

National Overview

Below is a snapshot of the national map with radar and weather fronts. Use this map to get an overall feel of migration and how weather affects nocturnal migration. Weak low pressure is making its way southeast as a cold front works its way towards N. Florida. This cold front should move into N. Florida by late Monday and slowly move south down the peninsula before it stalls out.
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Frames are every 1/2 hour. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.
Base Reflectivity image from Tampa Bay, FL Base Velocity image from Tampa Bay, FL Base Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL Base Reflectivity image from Key West, FL Base Velocity image from Key West, FL

Migrants were on the move over Florida last night! A look at the Key West and Miami radar show a moderate flow of birds heading north with the help of southerly winds. Southeast flow dominated over the FL Straits and much of the peninsula, but as you reach the western panhandle the cold front is starting to influence winds and northeast winds are being recorded. Birders in the southern region of the forecast area should see some new arrivals this morning while birders north into the central portion of the state should look for migrants at tired and true migrant traps along the west coast. The Greater Everglades region should be seeing migrants today, heaviest flow of birds were headed towards the 10,000 island region. Flamingo and its surrounding environs may be a great place to be today. Farther up the state Fort DeSoto may be where the action is at, birds that bypass that stop may make into the southeastern panhandle at places such as St. Marks NWR.

As always Badbirdz depends on its readers to help us understand the magic of bird migration. We ask our readers to take a minute to email us at badbirdz-reloaded@hotmail.com, post a comment on the site or share what you are seeing on our Facebook page. As a whole the Florida birding community is large and enthusiastic about bird migration, lets join together this year to make Badbirdz an integral part of every birders toolbox. Together we can track and monitor birds and learn more about this phenomenon called MIGRATION!

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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