Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 3, 2013 @ 5:40 am

The Ball is Rolling Again

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.

Moderate migration was evident over Northern Florida and spilling over into Central FL. A broad area of low pressure has developed in the northwestern Caribbean and is looking like it may become a Tropical Storm if it dodges the Yucatan peninsula. Although we will not be directly affected by this storm we will inherit some moisture. Low ceiling last night and this morning leads to an audible flight, get out and listen!

With the sun coming up, birds were coming down. Birds were detected as they made a descent south of the Ponce Inlet area. Birders should check coastal and inland migrants traps in Martin, Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Birds were also making it as far south as Dade County but this flight was mostly cut off by early morning storms, North Dade should be best. Tried and true migrants will be your best best for finding migrants today. We are headed for the northern portion of our home county in anticipation that storms cut off migration and birds landed.

Have a great day all, birds should be on the ground at tried and true migrant traps.

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 there 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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