Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 8, 2013 @ 9:45 am

Fall Migration in Full Swing

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 to our north and has cut off the migration pipeline for now. The SE on the other hand was pumping last night, birds were flying high overhead and mostly skipped the state.
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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

Tampa Bay radar shows a major flyover; birds were flying high above and with a set destination in mind. Winds were optimal at high elevations giving migrants a tailwind as they flew from the NNE, over upper central FL heading SW, and right past Tampa and Sarasota. By morning these birds were just reaching the far edges of radar range indicating that they were going for a Gulf Crossing, they will likely arrive at the Yucatan Penninsula by mid to late afternoon today. That being said the most productive spots should be along the coast or close to the coast as some migrants may have not been ready to take the long flight over water just yet.

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

Miami is dealing with the same conditions, EAST WINDS! Conditions have just not been on our side, we have had plenty of weather to put down birds but the birds are following the wind and therefore are mostly migrating to our west. Anything is possible and birds that chose the east coast for whatever reason could still be put down by the heavy downpours we have been experiencing daily. Pick a spot and hope you get lucky! If you are searching for a specific species, bird by habitat, if your are looking for raptors bird spots that are elevated or give you an elevated view, and lastly if you just want to get out and bird; throw a dart at the county map and bird the closest park to your dart. 🙂

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

Key West radar picked up a massive flight headed WSW over the Dry Tortugas, with small storms in the area migrants could have chosen to land for the night. Other than that we expect the Lower Keys to have the best diversity and density, it likely will be slow but some birds always choose to stay behind for better conditions. We look forward to hearing from some of our KW Buds with news about what the situation looks like on the ground.

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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