I don’t mind trading birds… it’s only fair. Last night the winds over the region turned northeasterly which can only mean one thing: INSIDE PASSAGE. Here’s the radar from 7:30pm last night through 5:00am this morning. UPDATE: Looks like some of the New England birds DID make it to Cape May- this place is hopping!
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High pressure parked over the region last night caused strong NW flow over New England, turning NE over the mid-Atlantic. The effect of such a system was that heavy migration out of New England headed SE down the coast, only to head back inland over the mid-Atlantic. Birds originating over NJ, of course, headed straight for the SSW throughout most of the night and continue into this morning. Without any major weather system present to concentrate birds, we’re dependent on geography as the major stopover factor- so inland spring migrant traps will be best this morning. Hotspots along the Delaware River such as Wheelabrator wildlife refuge and Palmyra Cove should be excellent choices for today. Inland ridges too should be holding birds, including Chimney Rock in Central NJ.Â Hawk Mountain should be seeing some Broad-winged Hawks today- and I’m a little sad to think that Cape May won’t be getting much of them this year given the current wind forecast. But, such is the give and take of migration. On that note, enjoy the birds Sandy!