Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 20, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

C’mon Cold 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.

Sorry for the ridiculously late post, but nonetheless here it is. Nocturnal migration was on the slow side over most of the state. Light migration was evident over northeast FL and along the panhandle. Tried and true migrant traps should be your best bet across the state. Expect lesser number of individuals with a bit of diversity.

Looking forward we expect migration to pick up tenfold over the weekend and into the workweek. A strong front is roaring across the Midwest and behind this front, nocturnal migration will be strong. If you look at the map above you will see this front as well as an accompanying front behind it. Between the two fronts you will see intense returns highlighted by green, these are thousands of migrating birds that are headed south. We will be posting both a weekend and workweek birding forecast tonight in hopes of alerting birders of the increased chances of migrants hitting the state.

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:

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, 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 & Mariel


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