Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 25, 2013 @ 10:56 am

Stale Front Sits Pretty

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.
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Last night we watched the radar in anticipation of a flight as we had hoped the stale front would roll on, but it tricked us. Early in the evening the front began to move south and birds were aloft behind the boundary. Well this morning we can see that the front retreated and pushed back north. Winds are not the most favorable for migration right now which is the cause for the slow down in migration. High pressure is building over the Great Lakes, this coupled with a front to our west means that the front should be on the move soon. Expect the next big batch of new migrants to appear sometime late week an into the weekend. For today we expect tried and true migrant traps to be best, spots that had birds yesterday, may still be birdy today. Have a great day everyone.

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:

EGLIN AFB:

TLH:

JAX:

TBay:

MLB:

MIA:

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 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!

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