The front has stalled, but birds are still on the move. A second front is behind the stalled front, this front should invade the state in a few days and will likely kickstart the stalled front. Migration was most notable south of the stalled frontal boundary. Winds were mostly slack, but a northeasterly wind pattern prevailed overnight. With that being said we expect the best birding to be at inland sites. Winter is fast approaching, birds on the move are Eastern Phoebe, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo and Palm Warblers. Be on the lookout for western strays, late October/early November is a great time to find a Say’s Phoebe, Western Tanager, Vermilion, Ash-throated and Brown-crested Fly, even a Tropical Kingbird among other possible rarities.
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.
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