Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 26, 2013 @ 10:08 am

Birds Continue to Fly North

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 weak front entered the forecast area and moved across the panhandle into the east coast of the state. Birds were on the move to the south of this front as well as over the FL Straits and the western Atlantic.

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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

Migrants were on the wing over the Straits last night. Birds were moving NW over the Keys and the lower half of the state. A smaller movement of birds flew in from the Bahamas and into South FL. Birds were flying NW over the Miami radar station and continued their flight towards the western coast of the state. With little weather to put down birds we expect this movement to have made it as far north as the panhandle. Tried and true migrant traps would be the best spots to look for new arrivals today. Be on the lookout for any Caribbean vagrants, this has been an awesome winter/spring for these vagrants. A few new reports of Thick-billed Vireo and Western Spindalis have popped up over the week, maybe more are out there waiting to be found. Have a great day, go out and bird!

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Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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