Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 17, 2013 @ 9:55 am

Tail-end of Neotropical 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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Like birder Count Chucula would say; I vant to see some birds, ONE COLD FRONT HA HA HA HA… TWO COLD FRONT HA HA HA HA… BIRDS HA HA HA HA… A series of cold fronts have been working across the landscape with the first being pushed off into the Atlantic overnight. A second stronger front is moving and shakin’ some birds, ahead and on its heels. A look at the mosaic radar loop shows birds flowing down the state along both coasts and over inland portions of peninsular Florida. Best birding should be at tried and true migrants traps. This is a time of increased diversity as both Neotropical and wintering migrants make their way south. Be on the lookout for your first of season Eastern Phoebe or Blue-headed Vireo, Western Kingbirds are making their way down the state as well as waterfowl. Enjoy the tail-end of fall neotropical migration, weather has been ideal for birds to fly south without much interruption this fall. Like the Stones sing, You Can’t Always Get What You Want….

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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