Big migration last night

 So my radar source seems to have “gone under” for awhile. I’m in the process of switching over to a better one, but now that I’m in South Florida for 2 weeks, it might not happen as quickly as I’d like. Anyway, this is the national composite image from midnight, last night.  Migration was evident over most of the Eastern Flyway, from Cuba up through New Jersey. The highest densities were on the Mississippi and Central Flyway, especially along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana. WOW! Look at those birds go!

Florida: Birds coming across the Straits appear to be heading S–>N, as do birds heading over Miami, Melbourne and the rest of the Florida radar stations. As of 5:30 this morning birds appear to have dropped out of the air in Central and Northern Florida, while they continue to come over from the Atlantic and Florida Bay. Without any weather to concentrate birds, the best bets are likely the tried-and-true spring migrant traps.

New Jersey: Here we have a different story; with strong SW–>NE flow and heavy migration we should see very high densities of new birds at places such as Sandy Hook, with less-but-still-significant influx at inland sites such as Garret Mountain. All locations will likely support new birds today as migration into New Jersey was exceptional and the weather to the north prevented a major exodus.

So, I’m off to the Tortugas this morning. To get your daily fix of radar, the NCAR site is running and has everything you’ll need. In the interim I have asked Sam Galick to post his observations and interpretations of the New Jersey radar so please make him feel at home :)

Go Birding!

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2 Responses to Big migration last night

  1. Bruce McWhorter says:

    Hello all,

    Garret Mtn. had fair diversity but very low volume this morning.

    YRWA 44
    OVEN 8
    BTGW 4
    BTBW 1
    BAWW 14
    BLBW 1
    PAWA 6
    NOWA 1
    COYE 1
    NAWA 2
    PRAW 1
    WEWA 1
    BWWA 1
    HETH 44
    VEER 1
    WOTH 5
    EAKI 1
    BGGN 6
    RCKI 15
    BHVI 12
    OROR 2
    YBCU 1
    GRCA 1
    RBGR 1

    Good birding,

    Bruce McWhorter

  2. Rob Fanning says:

    Celery Farm was good again this morning–at least 10 warblers were present–a good count for CF in spring
    -Parula–3+
    -Nashville-3
    -Black-and-white
    -N. Water
    -Redstart-(was also reported yesterday–record early arrival by 2 days)
    -BT Green
    -Yellow (breeds here)
    -Y-Rump (25+)
    -Palm–1
    -Worm-eating–I missed this one–very rare in spring at CF
    -Orchard O–ad male
    -Balt. Oriole
    -BH Vireo
    -Warb Vireos (breeds here)
    -RE Vireo–continuing from yesterday–record early arival by 5 days–and my personal early arrival by 8 days!