Third night in a row and the flood begins to subside (UPDATE)

Last night marked the third consecutive night of migration over the region. Of the three nights this was clearly the lightest movement for most of the region (except for Maine) which likely reflects the status of migration-ready individuals. Here’s the radar from 7:30pm last night through 5:00am this morning. UPDATE: Word on the Higbee dike is of a strong warbler morning flight… Cape May is still a great place to be this morning! (Thanks T.J.)

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 Base Reflectivity image from Upton NY Base Velocity image from Upton NY Composite Base Reflectivity image from the Northeastern USA

Light northeast winds and relatively clear skies over the region triggered another night of migration last night, but densities remained low throughout the northeastern US and mid-Atlantic. Caribou and Portland, Maine radars were the exception to the rule as they showed moderate to heavy migration on NW winds. Technically last night represented night #2 of migration over Maine, as the last cold front hadn’t cleared them by liftoff on Thursday night (as it had for the rest of the region).

Radial velocities indicate that most targets were heading SSW last night suggesting again that interior migrant traps should be the best bet today. NE winds today will also benefit inland hawkwatches throughout the region.

Looking ahead it seems like we’re in store for a week-long dry spell which may come unbuttoned by next weekend… stay tuned!

Good Birding


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One Response to Third night in a row and the flood begins to subside (UPDATE)

  1. Corey Husic says:

    Nada. Here in northeastern PA, the bushes were dead this morning. Predawn, I heard a few Swainson’s and Wood Thrushes and a single Black-throated Blue Warbler. After dawn, I managed to find one Magnolia Warbler, but that was it.