Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 6, 2013 @ 10:14 am

Go West Young Bird

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. No big changes in the forecast or prevailing conditions, winds keep coming from the east and the lack of precipitation is keeping things quiet around the state. Looks like we will have to wait until late next week before we see optimal migration conditions. The only exception to this is the Western Panhandle, returns were intense over the area last night, most birds continued south but some will likely stop for the day.
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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 shows just what we expect when east winds prevail; birds streaming overhead heading SW out over the Gulf with no intentions of stopping. Check out coastal migrant traps for your best bet today, some birds will not be ready to make the Gulf Crossing and will turn back.

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

Once again Miami radar shows bird streaming overhead. Migrants were moving from the NNW–>SSW, winds continue to push the bulk of migrants to inland locations and to the westernmost areas of Miami-Dade County. Tried and true migrant traps such as Everglades National Park will be your best bet. Areas from Mahogany Hammock SW to Flamingo will likely be the best spots to look for migrants.

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

More birds overhead last night, mostly moving SW over the FL Straits. Migrants seem to be flying with their bellies full, even after flying 200+ miles, birds are flying right past the lower keys and heading for Cuba or Mexico.

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