Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 3, 2013 @ 10:51 am

Birds Headed South!

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 last night! Large flights were picked up by radar heading south behind a cold front. As this front continues to slide across the southeast expect good birding conditions on the heels of the front. This was the largest flight of this season and we expect the first large wave of migrants to show up soon down here in Florida, get out there and enjoy them.
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Tampa Bay
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
Birds were moving from the NE to the SW over the Bay Area. A look at the velocity radar shows birds taking flight out over the Gulf, if you pay attention you will see light blue targets entering the radar and yellow targets moving away from the radar site. Given this SW movement we expect the best bird to be found at tried and true migrant traps along the coast.

Miami
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Base Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL
Miami radar picked up migrants moving in from the NW and from the NE. Most of this flight was before 3 a.m. and likely continued over the area and took flight either to the east or SW over the Keys. We don’t expect large numbers of migrants in the Greater Miami Area today.

Key West
Frames are every 1/2 hour. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.

Base Reflectivity image from Key West, FL Base Velocity image from Key West, FL

Birds were definitely flying over the Keys last night. A good sized flight took place over the southern keys and eventually made its way out over the FL Straits only to be met with hostile weather conditions. Now the question is; Did these birds fight the winds and rain or did they turn and head back for the Keys and Dry Tortugas? If we don’t hear from birders about conditions on the ground today, we will know if birds headed back when we check the radar tonight. If we see a large exodus from the Keys and Tortugas, we know that these birds headed back for land.

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!

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