Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 18, 2013 @ 11:10 am

SE Winds Sway Birds to the Wild Wild West

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 moved off into the western Atlantic over the last day opening up the area for a front to slide its way into the state. Ahead of this front warm southerly winds will encourage birds to take off; behind this front W-NW winds should slow down their progress and even put down some migrants.

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

Southeast winds do the trick again; birds were the move over the state! Key West and Miami radar recorded many birds coming in from the Caribbean. Most of this action was headed SE->;NW towards the Gulf Coast of FL. Tampa radar shows that many of these birds continued on over the Gulf with the aid of a tailwind and fair weather. Look out for new arrivals that decided to wait for another day at coastal migrant traps along the west coast. Sadly the Keys and Miami birders will feel left out, but this is beneficial for the birds. The faster they make through the region, the faster they arrive on their breeding grounds. Little precipitation over the state means that birds enjoyed an easy flight with a tailwind strong enough to save energy. Expect birds to continue on their migration path throughout the day. Most migrants that were at a location early in the morning may not be there by the afternoon as they will follow their instinct to continue on and take advantage of the great weather. Look out for a front that is making its way into the state beginning Friday. We will post a full analysis of this incoming front and how it will affect nocturnal migration tonight. Have a wonderful day everyone.

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, 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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