Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 4, 2013 @ 5:40 am

Cloudy Skies and Flight Calls

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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Birds were on the move again last night! Winds weren’t what we would call favorable, but they weren’t headwinds and birds decided to go with it. Not a whole lot of precipitation was out there, even localized precipitation was minimal. High pressure has cleared skies to our north which really got the birds moving. Tropical Storm Karen has moved into the Gulf of Mexico, the atmosphere is unstable and Karen is spreading the clouds thick. We expect the morning flight to be highly audible if these clouds blanket the state. Conditions calmed after sunset along with the loss of heat, storms dissipated, but cloudiness ensued. These conditions should put some new birds at your favorite tried and true migrant traps.

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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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