Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 18, 2013 @ 11:45 am

Stalled Front

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.

Migration has slowed down over much of the state, but local move my is evident. Birds are likely moving through the state while they feed throughout the day. If they can cover 10-20 miles a day while looking for optimal refueling habitat why wouldn’t they. We have been noticing a daily turnover at one of our local parks that has been active for a few days now. Birds come and go but the supply line seems to active as be birds continue to show up. No large flights have been recorded on radar leading us to think the above scenario.

Forecast are beginning to look promising for this weekend along the extreme western panhandle and to the east. Here is a message from Gulf Migration Guru Bob Duncan. ” The marine forecast for the northern Gulf, usually pretty accurate, calls for southerly winds shifting to NW 18 – 21 knots Saturday night. If this forecast holds, it could be great birding Sunday morning at the traps, right in the midst of warbler migration. Let’s hope the forecast holds! And with NW winds, can we start thinking of western vagrants? And it falls on a weekend for you working folks!
-Bob Duncan
Gulf Breeze, FL

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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