Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 9, 2013 @ 8:35 am

Mariel’s B-Day Radar Fun Day!

National Overview

**Hey Badbirderz, today is Mariel’s birthday, show the other half of Badbirdz who deservedly took the day off from the radar some love. Leave her a comment below or stop by her FB page if you are a friend and say HI 🙂 She is very special to me and I just want her to feel MUCHO love from her Badbirdz family!** thanks -Angel

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 continues to be the main weather feature that is affecting birding around the state. A front is pushing its way south and along with this front are birds migrating south out of the state. As a new front builds over Canada, we know the masses are about to begin the annual migration south. We expect conditions to improve in the coming weeks as birds flow down the state on their way to their winter homes.
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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 in the same fashion as they have for days now, right overhead and past the coast. Conditions have favored the birds and have aided them in flying SW towards Mexico in minimal time without the interruption of Tropical Weather. We continue to choose tried and true coastal migrants as your best bet and this is due to the winds, east winds push migrants west and if they choose to land it would be near the coast before the commitment of a Gulf Crossing.

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

Miami, Miami, Miami; what can we say?! High pressure continues to steer winds from the east with some occasional NE winds. Last night was no exception as migrants flew over the radar site moving NNW–>SSE with no intentions of slowing down for us measly birders. Von voyage and enjoy the margaritas and mojitos feathered friends. We await better conditions for that next push of migrants that is on the horizon. Keep your heads up, birds are coming, eventually 🙂

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

Key West radar continues to record massive flights over the Gulf and FL Bay. Sadly little of this action is actually flying over the islands so the chance of large concentrations of migrants is zilch. Tried and true migrant traps around the Middle and Lower Keys are your best bet for today. Don’t forget that the Keys is one of the best places to observe raptor migration. Raptors do not like to fly over water so that makes the Keys the perfect spot to look for raptors soaring south overhead. The Keys chain are a narrow strip of islands that are connected by bridges, since the individual keys are small, birds truly funnel down this strip of islands looking for meals and optimal flight conditions. Keep your eyes peeled for these majestic birds of prey!

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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