Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 30, 2013 @ 5:45 am

Local Migrations

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 bit a bit slow over the state, but a shot in the arm is in the future. Reports from around the state infer that migrants are migrating locally in search of optimal foraging habitat. Look out for migrants that will be sticking at locations that can support their needs. We are entering the mid point of fall migration and diversity has certainly increased over the last two weeks, look out for early winter migrants that are also migrating south, some of which migrate father south than we expect. This may a good time for migrants to settle in a get ready for the next flight, so get out there and bird!

Migration was most apparent over the radar sites which make us think that migrants could be flying low and thus not being detected the farther they get from the radar antenna. Miami and Melbourne radar picked up some action that could translate to a few birds on the ground. Inland sites may favor better with easterly winds over the state. Good luck for those searching out migrants 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:







Key West:

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Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel


  1. Well, the catbirds and Palm Warblers certainly arrived in good numbers yesterday morning here in west Miramar. Also had three Northern Waterthrushes, though I’ve seen one a couple of times this past week.


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