Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 14, 2013 @ 7:19 am

A Disturbance in the Force

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. The stalled front will begin to move back north as a warm front today. A disturbance over the Gulf has begun to move into the Panhandle ans will cause widespread showers and thunderstorms across the region.


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

Migration was slow last night, most of the apparent movement was moving S->N beyond the stalled front, north over Central FL. A low level disturbance will affect the panhandle and will bring in lots of rain. Look out for any migrants that made it up into the region, these birds will likely drop out and wait out the rain. Small movement of birds were recorded over the Straits heading SE->NW. Miami radar picked up birds coming from the east, most of the activity seems to have moved NW once it entered the area. Some of these birds may have settled in at inland migrant traps such as AD Barnes, Kendall Indian Hammock or farther west into Everglades National Park. Tampa radar did not see much action last night. Birds were once again moving S->N along the east coast making their way into NE Florida and GA.

The stalled front has really put a damper on nocturnal migration the last two nights. As the front begins its northward march as a warm front, we expect a change in conditions that should prove favorable for nocturnal migration to kick start back up. Keep an eye out for diurnal migration today; lots of birds were moving over South Florida during the day yesterday. We saw some good movement down in Key Biscayne yesterday afternoon. Falcons were coming in off the Atlantic as well as some swallows and passerines. If you have some rain during the day, look for an increase in activity after the rain has stopped. Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.

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Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. South GA. Coastal Plain.

    Only two notable fluctuations over night at our location.

    As noted Sat. pm the Canada Geese that stopped in late Saturday night have, as expected moved on as of 10:00 pm Sunday morning.

    First Yellow-throated Warbler sited this AM.


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