Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 20, 2013 @ 6:13 am

Cold Front Sandwich

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.

A series of cold fronts are passing through North Florida today! Birds were on the move between fronts, most migration took place into the Panhandle and east to Jacksonville. Tried and true migrant traps will be your best bet. Down the state, birds were moving south along both coasts, hit up coastal traps and see if migrants indeed migrated in overnight. These fronts should bring down more neotropical migrants as well as our winter migrants. Be on the lookout for newbies in your hood! Have a great Sunday y’all!

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:







Key West:

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Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel


  1. Yes, there was a movement here overnight, 22 Neotropical migrants, 12 spcs of warblers, not a great quantity.

    Best regards,
    Bob & Lucy Duncan

  2. Carl Goodrich found a female this AM at Ft, Zachary Taylor which this afternoon I also observed.
    There also many warbler species including Bay-breasted, Swainson’s, and Blackburnian as well as sime others. Philadelphia Vireo and Gray-cheeked Thrush and Dickcissel were also observed. They were in the area of the now defunct fountain.

    Murray Gardler


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