Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 24, 2013 @ 7:59 am

New Birds on the WAY!

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. A new cold front is on the way over from the west. This seems to have shifted conditions over the state which allowed for a nice flight of migrants over much of the state.
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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

A new batch of birds took off from the Caribbean, even with less than favorable conditions overnight. Check out your local migrant traps to see if new arrivals came in. Heaviest migration was recorded at the Jacksonville station as birds headed north. Key West shows a small push of migrants heading out over the FL Straits. These birds were moving S->N but vectored to a more NW path as they flew over the Keys. Winds at the upper levels were coming out of the SE, so that makes sense. The Miami station shows us that birds were flying W over the Atlantic, this flight originated in the Bahamas. With that said we expect a Caribbean flavor to the birds on the ground today. Winds we’re gusting out of the NE overnight but have since shifted over from the east. This means that as long as conditions (cloudy vs clear) are right over the Bahamas and other islands; birds will move tonight. Migrants have been mostly pinned down by the northerly winds and they must be restless. Tampa radar picked up birds as they reached the area early morning, head for the coast along this region for your chance of some newbies. Overall the state was being drained of birds that had been lingering ever since the front passed last week. Blackpoll and Cape May Warblers will likely move on to the north tonight. Get out and look for new species coming in; the next 20-30 days will be the last hurrah for Neotropical Migration over the state. Historically the last two weeks of April and the first two weeks of May is when the bulk of migrants come through. Be ready, they will be in a mad dash to reach breeding territories up north. Enjoy them while they are around 🙂

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Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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