Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 4, 2013 @ 10:26 am

Migration is ON!

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. Migrants were on the move behind a large frontal system that continues to march southward and will eventually open the flood gates of migrants into the state. For now we will see smaller movements of songbirds and shorebirds, as the front clears we expect to see the first raptor flight of the season. Be on the lookout for early migrants such as Wood-Pewee, Olive-sided Fly, Blue-winged Teal, Mississippi Kite, Kentucky, Cerulean and Swainson’s Warbler.
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Tampa Bay
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Base Reflectivity image from Tampa Bay, FL Base Velocity image from Tampa Bay, FL
Tampa Bay radar picked up birds moving in from the NE and from the NNW, as these birds hit the Bay Area radar shows targets flying out over the Gulf heading SW. With calm to light winds overnight and the lack of new migrants entering the state we don’t expect lots of diversity or large concentrations of migrants in the region.

Miami
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Base Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL

Miami radar was rather slow and did not show much more than birds leaving the area and heading SW for the Keys. We wait on the frontal system to make its way past or out to the Atlantic so that birds make it to our area. Birding has been slow for about two weeks now, but favorable migration conditions are on the horizon; keep your head up 🙂

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

Key West radar was jamming last night as birds took to the skies out of Southern Florida. Seem like birds were hanging around the Greater Everglades and along the Ten Thousand Islands for a few days as returns were intense, radar picked up birds taking flight around sunset last night headed south over the Keys and the Tortugas. Birders in lower keys should take a look around to see if any of these migrants decided to wait for another day to cross the FL Straits.

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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