Heavy migration last night

Heavy migration over the northeastern and mid-Atlantic US will mean lots of influx and replacement into our region. Here’s the radar from 7:00pm last night through 5:00am this morning.

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

Base Reflectivity image from Fort Dix Base Velocity image from Fort Dix Base Reflectivity image from Dover AFB Base Velocity image from Dover AFB Composite Base Reflectivity image from the Northeastern USA

While I had expected the winds to turn more northwesterly last night, it appears that they stuck closer to northerly. This is supported by the velocity image which shows most movement heading N->S across the region. Since migration was heavy and widespread, most fall migrant traps across the region should be seeing some new birds today. Cape May is still a good pick since the regional map shows a good movement of birds down the east coast from New England; while interior locations will be good today for both migrant songbirds as well as diurnal raptors.

Good Birding


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3 Responses to Heavy migration last night

  1. Brian Clough says:

    Duke was hopping this morning!

    BIG passerine flight driven by:

    Golden Crowned Kinglets- ~60
    R C Kinglets- ~20
    Palm Warblers- ~40

    White throats- ~40…first “wave”, we’ve had small groups for a few weeks already.
    Fields- lots. I lost count. We saw a lot at Cold Brook on Sunday too….I guess they peak early?
    Savannahs- lots. again I wasn’t counting
    White Crowned- 6
    Swamp- 2

    I thought for sure I’d see my first vesper today but no luck!

    diurnal migrants:
    flyovers: cooper’s hawk, harrier (1), broadwing
    hunting the fields: harriers (3), kestrels (6)

  2. Rob Fanning says:

    ~7:25 to 8:40 at the Celery Farm: Nice morning. 7 warblers incl. Nashville, Parula, BT Blue (f), Blackpoll; my first of fall White-crowned (ad.) Chipping (2-rare at CF); RC King (4+); and Rusty BB’s (flyovers); Heard Junco, RB Nut and flyover Siskins. I guess winter is coming…

  3. Rob Fanning says:

    Forget to mention several Purple Finch–my first of the fall