Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 20, 2013 @ 6:22 am

Oh You Silly Front; Bring us Some Birds!

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 forecast cold front made its way east into the eastern panhandle overnight and continues to march SE over the day. As of 2AM, not a whole lot on the move with northerly winds over take off points. *Update* Looks like birds were pushed east towards FL, these birds are way out over the Gulf and could be making landfall at Dry Tortugas and our best guess would be at migrant traps along the west coast of the state.

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

Birds were mostly reluctant to move last night as the cold front has shifted winds at takeoff spots like Cuba and Mexico, Belize and Honduras. Many birders have been asking if this front would cause fallout at Fort DeSoto; the answer to this question is well, maybe. Birds could have been flying “on the deck” and out of radar range. If this is what happened last night then yes, maybe birds will fall out over Fort D, but we wouldn’t bet our chips on this scenario. A small flight took off from Cuba late in the evening hours. Birds could have also taken off from points south of Cuba, thus the late “takeoff”. **Just in**Echoes are being recorded just west of Sanibel over the Gulf; birds are heading north and Fort D should see these birds coming in off the water as the front approaches.

This front is supplying rain and northerly winds behind its western wall. If birds did indeed head out over the Gulf then the combination of these two factors should bring down birds at migrant traps along the west coast of the state. Go out and check your favorite birding hot spot tomorrow morning to see if birds did fly over the Gulf and were cutoff by the incoming front. Have a great weekend!

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Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Had a Lark Sparrow, quite a few Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Cayo Costa State Park on Saturday AM….


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