The first strong cold front of this fall migration season is forecast to slide through northern FL tonight. Traditionally big flights of migratory birds occur on the first night after a fronts passage. Tonight should be no different! Winds will be optimal for migration to the south, this should give migrants a tail wind which could carry them all the way to the Caribbean, Mexico and beyond.
Check out the wind forecast maps (notice the wide array of northwesterly winds pictured, a migrants dream).
Weather forecast for the next 36 hrs.
As long as winds are coming out of the west, we can expect some trans-gulf migrants to be pushed east into the state instead of flying over the Gulf. This also puts more birds on the east coast of the state that wouldn’t usually visit, birds such as Golden-winged & Blue-winged Warblers or maybe some grosbeaks, tanagers, orioles…you never know what’s going to pop up with westerly winds. Caribbean based migrants traveling down the east coast and over the Atlantic usually drop in with threats of bad weather over the western Atlantic. If the frontal boundary brings in storms with it, we could expect a few of these migrant’s to land for a refuel.
We will be at the Wings & Wildflowers Festival in Leesburg, FL this weekend. We are giving a workshop on Radar Birding and a Kids Birding Workshop. Come out and say hi if you will be in town!