Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 1, 2013 @ 7:13 am

Angel’s Birthday Radar; Fun Day!

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. Birds were on the move again last night. A few weather features should affect migration over the state especially in the eastern panhandle and along the west coast down to the FL Keys. Today and tomorrow will be days of watching how these features converge which will be vital to the analysis of weather conditions and where birds will head.

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

Birders along the west coast from the FL Keys to the big bend should be on alert for incoming weather that could affect migration over your area. From Sanibel north to the panhandle, a check of local migrant traps could provide some new arrivals, variable wind directions and a developing low over the Gulf could potentially put down birds late morning/afternoon.
Most birds migrating overhead last night were again moving north at a fast rate and at high altitudes. Migrants moving up the east coast will likely put down from Indian River north to Jacksonville and into Georgia. Miami and Key West are probably left out of the migration fun today, but you never know what will decide to land instead of continuing the journey north.
West coast and Central FL birders have the best chance of seeing new migrants today. Tomorrow conditions look even better for this region.

Starting on Thursday, birders should be ready for an influx of migrants if take-off points to the south are clear overhead at sunset. Miami area birders should keep an eye on the forecast as west winds may be in effect Friday along with a medium chance of precipitation, this is our chance. Start looking for Connecticut Warblers; we are just getting into the CONW window! Have fun out there today and try to stay dry. Be safe as the incoming weather from the west will likely bring large amount of lightning strikes along with straight line damaging winds. Hope to read some reports from today!

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



  1. slowest morning at Ft. Zach in Key West this season…

  2. Happy Birthday! The party should last at least through Sunday. Right?!


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