Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 8, 2013 @ 7:58 am

Lookout! Migrants On The Go!

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. Winds continue to hold migrants up in S. FL, new arrivals are evident on radar and winds are set to change tonight. Get your birding in today before migrants push north in mass!

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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 big flight from the south can be seen on Key West and Miami radar. Birds look to have been pushed east due to west winds and have been delayed once again. Lookout for birds arriving in the late morning/early afternoon as they did yesterday. As we look north into C. FL, birds will likely be pinned down migrant traps from the west coast to east coast. The last few days we have seen an unprecedented numbers of thrushes, grosbeaks, tanagers and most of all WARBLERS! Birds seem to awaiting a southerly wind which seems reluctant to come for the northern half of the state. Down here in Miami we are expected winds to shift today and tonight, mass exodus is eminent. Birders in Central and N. FL should be keeping their eyes on a weak front that is forecast to impact the area in the following days. Winds should be out of the north and north west before becoming westerly. These winds may bring down a load of migrants that will be headed north. Birds have been accumulating in S. FL, if they decide to suspend migration, get ready for some BIRDING!

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 badbirdz-reloaded@hotmail.com, 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

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