Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 23, 2013 @ 6:15 am

The Southeast was on FIRE!

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.

The cold front has stalled as forecasted, but winds were optimal for migration. Unfortunately for us, the front likely blocked most of the flight. Winds behind the front were mostly NW, giving birds a tailwind. Winds ahead of the front have started to cycle over and will begin blowing from the S-SW, this should help slow down migrants and keep them from overshooting land.

Best birding will likely be in the extreme western panhandle as the front cleared this area. Precipitation had not set up across the state before birds were able to sneak in through the Jacksonville corridor. Not the biggest flight ever, but with light northerly winds over Jacksonville we expect the newest batch of migrants in the northern third spilling into the central portions of the state. The farther south we look the more we see localized migration, birds moving locally in search of better foraging habitat and moving generally in a south direction in hopes of shortening the final flight out of the state. Lookout for new birds at tried and true migrant traps, coastal locations may favor better than inland tomorrow, as you head north of Lake O’, birding should be good a traps both inland and coastal

Looking forward to midweek we expect a large flight into the state. Winds are forecast to blow from the SW ahead of the front which should be back on the move by then. Deep tropical moisture will elevate precipitation chances exponentially. Forecast calls for 50-60% chances of precip., southerly winds giving birds a headwind and northerly winds pushing migrants south right into our migrant traps. Get ready for a mid-week migration bonanza, it looks like favorable conditions may even stretch into the weekend.

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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