Here’s the radar from sunset last night through 5:00am this morning.
Frames are every 1/2 hour. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.
Southwest winds and clear skies along the Atlantic coast triggered an awesome display of nocturnal migration into the region last night and this morning. High returns were detected on radars from Florida up into eastern New York with the heaviest migration apparent over New Jersey. Whereas two nights ago we saw heavy migration on southerly winds cause birds to head inland and bypass the coast entirely, last night the southwest winds caused more birds to be pushed to the coast today. With no appreciable precipitation to put birds down in any one place, today’s best bets are spring migrant traps such as Garret Mountain, Sandy Hook*, and Prospect and Central Parks (NY). Cape May will also see new birds this morning, but will not have the high concentrations of migrants of the sites previously mentioned. Hawks should be flying today across the region with some concentrations along the coast as well.
Looking ahead, as the latest cold front pushes east expect the SW wind gradient to tighten and strengthen. This will cause another night of heavy migration tonight with more birds being pushed to the coast for tomorrow morning. Expect the coastal hawk flight to be good tomorrow as well.
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* Definitely MY PICK for today even with light ENE winds – GET OUT THERE IF YOU CAN!