Migration was intense behind the cold front. North winds picked birds up and pushed them to the south. Large migratory movements were detected from the Great Lakes down to North FL.
North Florida birders should be checking on their favorite migrant traps or local parks, birds were flowing south into the panhandle and east towards the swamp. The front is draped across the state from the NE
to the SW, look out for birds that may skip over from the eastern panhandle to the Tampa Bay area via a short Gulf jump.
If we follow what the winds say then birds are just streaming out over the Gulf with a crossing mind. Winds recorded 180 miles south of Louisiana are blowing 20+kts out of the north. This will help migrants make the flight over water easier. Over land we are looking at westerly winds all the way south through Key West. Westerly winds typically blow birds back east towards inland sites, be sure to check these spots out. If you are along the east coast then birds get blown past the coast and either continue on or turn around mid-morning. Either way this means birds for birders along the eastern half of the state. As the front moves south so do the birds, keep your eye on the weather!
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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