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. As a cold front marches east, birds were on the move along the Eastern Seaboard! Radar Stations were on FIRE over North Florida and along the coast all the way up to Maine.
Clear skies and easterlies triggered mass migration along the coast last night. Birds were flying high and with little precipitation, many birds flew right over the state. Key West and Miami stations both recorded birds coming in from the Caribbean. The Jacksonville radar (not shown) was recording the classic “donut shape” indicative of returns being picked up high overhead. With this said birds were moving out and over FL and spilling into GA, SC & NC. Lookout for new arrivals along these states as well as along the northeast states. Coastal locations look best as the front restricted migration to the east of the frontal boundary. Get out and bird the coast peeps.
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Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel