Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 10, 2013 @ 5:45 am

Hella Birds on the Move 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.
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Not much time to post today, but we will cover a quick interpretation.

Migrants were on the move south last night. Heavy migration was evident on radar, winds were coming out of the NNE giving birds a tailwind. Birds that launched out over the Atlantic will likely get pushed back west towards the coast. These conditions are perfect for increasing your chances of seeing Blackpoll Warblers, a species which is hard to see in South FL during fall migration. Northeasterly winds should push migrants to inland migrant traps. Check out your favorite tried and true traps in Central, SW and South Florida. Let us know what you see!

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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