Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 1, 2013 @ 5:45 am

Waiting For a Break

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 was light over all the FL radar sites last night. Jacksonville continues to show birds flying out over the water, east winds likely push these birds back towards the coast farther south. More of the same is what we expect. Birds are moving around locally, skipping and hopping south along their migration. Just because large nocturnal flights aren’t occurring doesn’t mean that birds stay put, after landing and fueling up they begin to move south through a series of “jumps” in contrast to a 150-200 mile flight. Once conditions are favorable they will be ready and they will take off into the night sky, but for now they seem to be content with what we call, County Hopping. Lookout for migrants settling in at birding spots that supply food and cover from raptors.

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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