Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 16, 2013 @ 3:00 am

Rain Killed the Migration Star

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.

A wet and soggy night seems to have slowed nocturnal migration down last night in contrast to this weekends epic flights. Deep tropical moisture began to works it’s way into South Florida yesterday morning, but by sundown storms were along both coast, all the way north to Central FL. Light to moderate migration was restricted to the northern reaches of the state. We expect the best birding along the FL/GA/AL border, locations with ample food supply and adequate cover may be where birds are moving to. Over the weekend migrants were likely landing at city parks, backyards and other micro scale habitats. With the rainy night we expect birds to have moved to optimal feeding habitat and dispersed across the landscape, making them harder to detect.
Easterly winds are forecast to persist and tropical moisture associated with Hurricane Ingrid is keeping us with umbrellas in hand. A new batch of fronts are marching their way across the US and should trigger migration once again.

Our computer is still down and we were unable to download and post the radar as usual so we are doing the second best thing. Below is a list of links to radar loops from 2am-6am.
The regional radar is in reflectivity mode which is best used to quantify birds and to get a picture of where they are moving from. The rest of the radar links are velocity radars, these are best used to determine speed and direction of travel. With these images you are looking at light blue-dark blue returns (incoming birds) and yellow-orange (outgoing birds). The grayish line between the two colors is the line of axis, this line will give you an idea of which direction birds are entering the radar from and which direction they are flying as they exit radar range.

Regional Radar:







Key West:

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Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel


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