Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 26, 2015 @ 9:04 am

West Winds Y’all

NOAA Current Weather Map

NOAA Current Weather Map

Hey all,

Hope you all are having a wonderful day and enjoying a few migrants too! Winds in the upper levels and surface levels are coming out of the west which pushes birds towards the eastern coast of the state. Birds had good flying weather last night and as a result, many flew right on past migrant traps. Best chances of concentrations will be in areas that had rainfall overnight.

Surface Level Winds

Surface Level Winds

Winds @ 3,000ft

Winds @ 3,000ft

Key West radar shows another moderate flight over the Florida Straits. With no real reason for birds to drop over the Keys, we only expect a trickle of migrants at tried-and-true migrant traps. The upper keys look best for birding from our perspective. Look out for migrants at natural areas and migrant traps along the chain of keys.

Miami radar recorded many birds headed for the metropolitan Miami area this morning. Moderate movements of migrants were headed up the coast with some dropping in on the coast. West winds are a South Florida birders best friend. These conditions often carry birds over the southeast coast and puts them down early morning at migrant traps and coastal natural areas. Places such as Elaine Gordon Enchanted Forest & Arch Creek Park, Greynold’s Park, Pinetree Park, Bill Baggs Cape Florida SP, Matheson Hammock Park, Chapman Field, Deering Estate and other tried-and-true migrant hotspots should see some turnover today. Inland locations like AD Barnes Park & Castellow Hammock county parks have the chance of picking up new arrives as well. Looking west to the Everglades National Park, look out for migrants that decided to put down before flying over to the east coast. Stops along main park road such as the Long Pine Key area, Hidden Lake, Mahogany Hammock and the Flamingo area of the park should be seeing new arrivals today as well. Get out there birding and let us know what you are seeing!

Moving into Broward and Palm Beach County, new arrivals will likely be on tap. Coastal migrant traps such as Anne Kolb Nature Center, Evergreen Cemetery, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Spanish River and Juno Dunes/Jupiter Ridge Natural Areas should be your best bet for these areas.

Further up the state one can expect a trickle of migrants, nothing spectacular, but migration should be noticeable. More birds on the east coast today than the west coast, but places like Fort DeSoto, Green Key, St. Marks NWR and other known migrant hotspots always see some turnover. The Merritt Island area as well as coastal hotspots up the east coast could be seeing new faces on the ground today. The northeast region received some rain last night, in these areas one could expect to see some grounded birds. Get out to your local natural areas and see if birds did indeed make a pit-stop overnight.

Enjoy the migration season y’all!

Frames are every 1/2 hour. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.

Base Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL Base Reflectivity image from Key West, FL Base Velocity image from Key West, FL

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