Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 7, 2013 @ 5:25 am

Cold Front Kicks Off Heavy Migration

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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A cold front is moving into the northwestern panhandle and continuing its path to the east tonight. Birds were really on the move behind the front, especially far south and close to the panhandle. Winds were on point for a great migration into the state, look out for migrants that have decided to land instead of flying out over the Gulf. Coastal Migrant traps along the panhandle should be seeing new faces today.

Farther down the state we await this same front to approach and change our prevailing conditions. For now light migration ahead of the front is to be expected. As the middle of the week we expect an invasion of migrants to start to pop up and make themselves known.

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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