Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 9, 2013 @ 8:14 am

Holy Batman, MIGRATION!

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. High pressure has set up in the eastern Gulf, winds shifted and skies cleared up; birds took advantage and were on the move, BIG TIME!

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 weakening high pressure system is lingering over the Eastern Gulf, this has kept FL dry and winds variable. Over S. FL winds are just beginning to change and we expect more birds to be on the move over the next few days. Last night a large flight out of Cuba was evident on KW radar and MIA radar stations. Birds will likely continue to move north throughout the day, but some will decide to land. Birders in S. FL should be on the lookout for new arrivals along coastal migrant traps as well as inland traps today. Lots of birds were flying over the Everglades and into Water Conservation Areas north of Tamiami Rd. The southern shores of Lake O’ could be great today if migrants put down, if not look out for these birds on the northern shore or just north of the lake.

The Tampa area could see some afternoon arrivals as birds were aloft over the Gulf into the late morning hours. Keep an eye out for new migrants.

The Space Coast should be expecting new birds in the hammocks today. Birds may drop in late though, it sounds counterproductive to bird later than earlier, but birds are flying north throughout the day. Bobolinks should be flying overhead today. Look out for incoming shorebirds along the coast and at inland shorebird traps

Northeast FL should be jumping today! Many birds were headed up the coast overnight and into the daylight hours. Hot up coastal migrant traps, they could be loaded.

All in all, go birding! Most of FL should be seeing birds 🙂

*UPDATE* Migrants are aloft as of 12 noon, lookout for these birds on radar. They are moving NW over Water Conservation Areas and towards spots like STA 5!

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


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