Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 9, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

Birds Continue the Move North

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. High pressure has anchored up in Western Atlantic keeping winds E-ESE over the state. A cold front is working its way east and will likely stall just as it is reaching the peninsula.

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Sorry for not posting the last two days. We have been going through some schedule adjustments and have not been able to get the radar posted.
Today we had issues downloading the radars and decided to just post without images. As you can see in the image above, birds were on the move! Thanks to high pressure that is set up in the western Atlantic, East–Southeast winds dominated the state last night giving birds a push to the NW. Migration was apparent on all radars last night! Key West radar showed an exodus of migrants out of Cuba that drifted over the Keys and headed NW over the Cape Sable region of the Everglades. Miami radar recorded many birds leaving as the night set in, these birds were heading SE->NW with the winds. Tampa radar also showed much of the same activity, birds moving high over the area heading NW towards the panhandle. With little to no precipitation over the state, tried and true migrant traps will likely be the best spots to bird today.

Keep an eye out for a cold front that is sliding behind a strong low currently over the Rockies. High pressure in the western Atlantic is set to move eastward as the cold front makes its approach. We should expect a wind shift and an increased possibility of precipitation with the arrival of the frontal boundary. Forecast models are in accordance that this front will stall somewhere around central FL. Southerly winds ahead of this front should give birds a push north, right into the face of the front, if rain is at the ready you should be too!

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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