Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 13, 2013 @ 7:11 am

The Big Slow Down

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. The front continues to slide down the peninsula bring higher chances of precipitation and a bit of a wind shift. If only a massive movement of birds were headed north, if only!

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

Very few birds crossed the FL Straits last night, as well as over the State. Some small movements of birds were taking off at sunset to the NE and N out of Key West and Miami radar. Looks like your best bet is again the east coast from Volusia County to Amelia Island once again. Winds along the coast would give this area the best chances of seeing the tail end of migration. The end is almost near for Neotropical Migrants but migration is always evident, shorebirds are almost about to begin their journey back south, look out for early migrants come mid to late June. Don’t hang up your binoculars, the Florida BBA II needs your help, visit the Florida Ornithological Society website for more information about this breeding bird atlas project. We will stop posting the radar soon as less and less birds will be flying north for the breeding season. Its been a good run for us all, fun while it lasted 🙂

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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