Southerly winds over the western half of the region and southeasterly winds along the coast continue to convey birds up to the northern reaches of the country last night. 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.
Oh those southeast winds… good for the birds, but lousy for the birders along the coast! Here we go again, watching all of the birds most recently funneled to the Delmarva Peninsula several night ago, getting pushed up into WESTERN New Jersey and eastern PA overnight. Eastern NY showed little migration last night as well suggesting that the source of birds is currently well to the west of Long Island (as the conditions for migration were not “bad” last night over that area… so we assume that birds simply weren’t there to migrate out). Migration was heavy again over PA and NY state, while a line of heavy storms appear to have put some birds down over Washington DC and parts of northern VA. If those storms hit your area late last night (especially between midnight and 2:00am) make sure to check out your local patch for some grounded migrants.
For NJ, expect the greatest densities of migrants to be along the Delaware Bay shore and at hotspots along the Delaware River such as National Park, Palmyra, etc. and inland hotspots in the southern half of the state. According to the radar, it looks like the northern half of the state saw little migration activity so I wouldn’t expect much change at a place like Garret today- although it’s hard to tell what happened up there on the radar alone. Since Garret was hot yesterday, if little left and only some new birds arrived then it could be just as hot today. The coast, of course, is going to have the least migrants today given the southeast winds… so those of us in Cape May will probably just have to settle for more Mississippi Kites and tens of thousands of shorebirds (including the two Curlew Sandpipers and breeding plumage female Red-necked Phalarope being seen at Heislerville)… a few more spring warblers WOULD be nice, though 😉